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The American Rescue Plan

Apr 20, 2021 | COVID 19, Property Tax, Schools

Federal American Rescue Plan money will soon be flowing to local communities and schools. Remember the American Rescue Plan passed the Congress without a single Republican vote. Yet many Republicans are rushing home to take credit for the aid coming to their districts. I expect the Governor will do his best to take credit for it. After problems surfaced with the distribution of CARES act money through the state governments, the Congress decided to send the American Rescue Plan money directly to the municipalities and schools.

According to an article in the Derry News (4/8/21), Rockingham County will receive $60 million in rescue aid. The town of Derry will receive $3.2 million. The Derry school district will receive $3.5 million. Other communities around the state can expect a similar influx of aid based on their population.

The exact ways this money can be utilized is being worked out by the US Department of Treasury. However, according to the article, initial indications are that the money can be used to offset costs due to the negative economic impact of the pandemic. It can be used for premium pay for eligible workers and to replace lost revenues. It also can be used for water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure improvements. Schools can use the money for covid-related maintenance costs and technology upgrades. They can use it to hire additional teaching staff and for counseling and mental health staff.

In the end, this influx of money will mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on local property taxes. Once again, thanks to Democrats, not Republicans.