(Tuesday - March 23, 2021) - Dickinson County
officials are still waiting for word on when they will receive the
nearly five million dollars that they have been promised, as part of the
Federal Covid-19 recovery effort.
The promised funds are the
result of provisions of the Covid-19 emergency funding act signed into
law by President Biden.
The actual amount to be received by
Dickinson County is $4,938,613.
Other Upper Peninsula Counties
In total, Upper Peninsula counties will receive in excess of 56
The largest grant will go to the U.P.'s largest
county, Marquette, with $13,051,253. The smallest of the grants will go
to Keweenaw County, $414,046
Menominee County will receive
$4,457,451, and Iron County, $2,165,327.
How will the money be used?
The problem at this point is that nobody is exactly sure how the
counties will be able to use the money, though County Controller Brian
Bousley said that it definitely cannot be used to pay down the County's
retirement debt, which currently stands at over 40 million dollars.
When further information is received as to exactly what restrictions
will be placed on the use of the money, the County will begin planning
projects that will fit within the permitted parameters.
money must be spent by the year 2024.