Community Members Disappointed with Saginaw ARPA Committee Recommendations

During Monday night’s meeting the Saginaw City Council heard from their American Rescue Plan Act Committee as well as from community members about recommendations for ARPA funds in the city.

The report itself outlines how community leaders from around the city think $26 million in funding should be allocated between several different areas like Youth Development, Grocery store Investment, a new Behavioral Health Clinic, and more. That’s half of the $52 million the city received in ARPA funds. Many public commentors voiced their disappointment with the the committee’s report, but council members along with City Manager Tim Morales made it clear that the report only gave general recommendations, and that the final judgement on spending belonged to City Council.

The council will review the recommendations and meet in 2 weeks to schedule a meeting when they will begin the process of officially allocating funds.