Polk County and Des Moines aim to maximize federal bucks in 2022
Determining how to best spend federal stimulus allocations is a top priority for Polk County and Des Moines in 2022, Polk County Supervisors Chairperson Angela Connolly and DSM city manager Scott Sanders told Axios.
Flashback: Iowa governments were allocated almost $2.7 billion last year as part of a pandemic recovery bill.
- DSM and Polk County's shares are around $95 million each. Much of that will be allocated in coming weeks.
Driving the news: Residents recently gave feedback to local governments about how they would like the money spent.
- Some called for an excluded workers fund for undocumented workers who didn't receive earlier federal stimulus allocations.
What they're saying: Mayor Frank Cownie told Axios in March that infrastructure improvements are among his top desires.
- Tackling problems associated with affordable housing, mental health services and water quality are on Connolly's wish list.
What's next: Spending proposals will be made public in coming weeks with budget adoptions likely in March.
Editor's note: This story is part of Axios Des Moines' feature this week spotlighting the biggest 2022 goals of community groups and metro leaders.
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