Hillsborough County has allocated American Rescue Plan funding for a list of projects that address infrastructure, affordable housing, fire rescue and food insecurity needs, according to a county news release.
Here are some of the ways the federal funding will be spent, based on the Hillsborough County Commission’s Nov. 3 vote:
- Infrastructure projects including septic-to-sewer conversions, to protect groundwater in parts of the county that were developed before the county had wastewater services, and stormwater drainage programs
- Efforts to address social issues, such as food insecurity and homelessness, including the purchase of a 36-unit apartment building in the University Area to provide affordable housing for residents emerging from homelessness
- A new Hillsborough County Fire Rescue station alerting system to replace outdated alerting and dispatching technology in the county’s 44 fire stations.
The county will continue to review and approve projects over the next three years, until all of the $285 million received in rescue plan funding is allocated, which must be accomplished by December 2024, the release says.
The county board also is scheduled to receive, at its Nov. 17 meeting, a proposed list of $35 million in road resurfacing projects to be funded through rescue plan dollars.
Published November 17, 2021