Spokane City Council passes resolution to deploy $80M in COVID-19 recovery funds

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane now has a plan and timeline to put the $80 million in American Rescue Plan funds to use.

On Monday, the Spokane City Council passed a resolution putting in place the framework, principles and timeline for deploying the federal recovery funds, which pairs with the additional $190 million sent to other towns and agencies across Spokane County.

Now, the council will be hearing and considering proposals on how to spend these funds.

“Together the City Council, the Mayor, and our joint staff have worked hard over the last 14-months to protect our City and return to a sense of normalcy even stronger than what was before the pandemic,” said City Council President Breean Beggs. “Ending the state of emergency is a huge step forward and I am pleased that we are now focused on how to best spend the American Recovery Plan funds for the greater good of our entire community.”

The City Council’s guiding principles are as follows:

  • Replenish lost city funds and invest in services damaged by the pandemic
  • Reach out to partner organizations to fund initiatives remedying damage
  • Resiliency for Spokane, including sustainability initiatives
  • Relief for residents and businesses left behind by other relief programs

“Partnership and collaboration has kept our focus on meeting community needs as we managed through the pandemic,” said Mayor Nadine Woodward. “Our community has sacrificed a lot in the name of public health and the smart distribution of these funds will serve as a catalyst for regaining our economic health and well-being.”