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YOUNGSTOWN – A public presentation on how Mahoning County’s commissioners plan to spend $ 44 million in federal stimulus funds likely won’t be before July, but commissioners could start allocating some of it as early as next week.

Commissioners on Thursday approved a resolution setting aside $ 2 million of the money.

Commissioner Anthony Traficanti and district administrator Audrey Tillis said commissioners have become aware of some urgent projects that should be funded as early as next week. The resolution provides the $ 2 million to be allocated.

Traficanti didn’t say what kind of projects to fund next week.

Commissioners had planned to hold a press conference in the first half of June to discuss their plans to use the $ 44 million, said Traficanti, chairman of the commissioners’ committee. But last week, Traficanti said the presentation most likely won’t be before July.

The commissioners plan to meet with the regional economic development agencies before finalizing and announcing their plans for the funds, he said.

Traficanti said last month that the $ 44 million could be used to fund sanitary sewers, modernization of sewage treatment plants and, for example, to compensate for lost revenue due to COVID-19.

Some of the money will go to charities, he said.

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