COVID-19 Justice

Kzoo seeking input on how to spend COVID money

City officials are surveying residents for input on how to spend $39M in federal stimulus funds.

The City of Kalamazoo is expecting an influx of cash – $38.9 million in total thanks to the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress earlier this year. That just leaves the question of how to spend it.

City leaders want the opinion of residents to help shape their plans for the money. They’re taking feedback in the form of a survey.

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The survey covers ten areas of possible investment and asks people to rank them in order of importance:

  • Kalamazoo’s environment and natural spaces
  • The quality of transportation infrastructure including roads, sidewalks, etc.
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Economic and business development
  • Responsible governance by city administration
  • A feeling of safety from crime and violence
  • The availability of high-speed internet
  • Employment assistance including childcare and training
  • The quality of utilities including water and sewer
  • Affordable housing for all

There is also a field for writing additional comments.

The funds come with some strings – they have to be spent on pandemic recovery or certain infrastructure projects, and they can’t be put into a rainy day fund.

City leaders will discuss spending possibilities over the next few weeks before settling on a course of action based on public input.

You can fill out the survey here.

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