Columbus will search for assist in creating a plan on methods to spend 5.6 million {dollars} in federal cash

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COLUMBUS, miss. (WCBI) – Columbus will seek help developing a plan to spend $ 5.6 million in federal funds.

The city is accepting offers from consultants to help plan, construct, and comply with the American Rescue Plan Act.

Money can be used for some infrastructure improvements, e.g. B. for sewage, water and broadband.

Like many cities and counties, Columbus is trying to cope with the changing rules of spending money.

Mayor Keith Gaskin wants the city to have a comprehensive and capitalist plan for the next five to 15 years.

He believes that if the city is aggressive enough to find the resources, the federal money can be stretched in a number of ways.

“There are ways in which we can use the money that the city has with the district with what they have. We can also leverage the money that the state has. I understand that there is also the possibility that there could be additional government support equivalent to a fraction of those dollars, ”said Mayor Keith Gaskin.

Columbus and other local governments have until December 2026 to spend the money.