Residents surveyed by the Greene County government say mental health services should be the top priority for tens of millions of dollars in federal stimulus funds.
The survey gathered 1,719 responses and 645 written comments, according to a news release. Up for debate is half of the county's $56.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds; the other half is earmarked for the county.
Mental health services received 834 votes. Respondents could choose five out of 22 eligible categories.
The top 10 are:
• mental health services, 834 votes;
• affordable housing, 531;
• service to unhoused persons, 528;
• vaccination, 526;
• small-business economic assistance, 485;
• assistance to nonprofit organizations, 418;
• household food programs, 390;
• broadband, 370;
• child care, 364; and
• service to foster youth, 339.
The Greene County Commission plans to use the survey data as part of the process for selecting recipients of the ARPA funds. Commissioners also are meeting with local leaders and organizations, as well as holding nonprofit listening sessions.
A county team headed by community leader Lyle Foster will use the various data to inform the commission on prioritization, according to the release. The ARPA funds must be allocated by the end of 2024.
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