How to Spend Federal ARPA Funds Will be Discussed by Council Budget Committee

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The City of Watertown will receive several million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and the City Council’s Committee on Budget and Fiscal Oversight will be discussing what to do with the funds.

Watertown will receiving approximately $10.5 million of ARPA funds, according to an estimate by the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

The money could be spent in a number of areas, including public health, water and sewer infrastructure, public broadband networks, paying essential workers, and making up revenue lost due to the pandemic. The Council has already heard a recommendation from the Department of Public Works to spend half of the money on water and sewer infrastructure to make improvements and also keep rates down in future years.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chamber in City Hall, 149 Main St. and is open to the public.

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