Metro Nashville Council Surveying Residents on Preferred Spending of Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds

 

The Metro Nashville Council released a survey on Monday for the city’s residents to note their preferred recipients of federal coronavirus relief funds that will be dispersed throughout the year.

The survey responses, which will be collected throughout January, will be considered by the committee with the authority to appropriate the funds.

“You can now take the ARP survey to tell us what your priorities are for our funds. Our committee will take this data into consideration when making recommendations,” explained Councilwoman Sandra Sepulveda.

Specifically, the money awarded to the city stems from the American Rescue Plan, which allowed the U.S. Treasury Department to launch the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) to give resources to Nashville.

Because of federal guidelines, the funds can be used in limited ways, according to city officials:

1) Protect our community from the pandemic through investment in direct emergency pandemic response and increase safety for visitors and employees to our public facilities.
2) Provide immediate relief for needs not served by other funding, with a focus on disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on vulnerable communities, small businesses, and the workforce.
3) Address fundamental equity disparities that are aligned with the federal and state funding eligibility, specifically services to disproportionately impacted communities, including infrastructure.

Each respondent must provide their ZIP code to authenticate they reside in Davidson County. Furthermore, the individual must answer approximately two dozen questions, detailing their preferences.

The questions allow the resident to rank examples of the types of investments, based on level of importance. The scale runs from 1 to 5, with 1 being very important and 5 being not important at all.

The examples range from funds for vaccination and testing assessment centers to affordable housing and rental assistance.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Sandra Sepulveda” by Councilwoman Sandra Sepulveda District 30.

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Thoughts to “Metro Nashville Council Surveying Residents on Preferred Spending of Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds”

  1. Wolf Woman

    My council member didn’t let me know about the survey, much less send a link.

  2. rick

    If John “The Taxman” Cooper is involved and we know he has his grubby hands in there, we are all screwed, this guy is a where is my cut type of Mayor. #FJC, this administration, democrats and liberals! “Lets Go Brandon”

  3. 83ragtop50

    Give it to me.

  4. Cannoneer2

    Tennessee state government held a secret meeting to determine where Covid funds would be spent. Nothing shady there!

  5. Karen

    Absolutely it needs to be handed out to ALL Nashvillians! That would help with the absolute rape of our funds that the city council committed on us with the property tax!

  6. Kevin

    “The survey responses, which will be collected throughout January, will be considered by the committee with the authority to appropriate the funds.” Sure, they will!

    What a joke! It’s part political theater and part use of the Dephi method. Let me look into my crystal ball and predict the “results” of the survey; more “free sh*t” for “blighted neighborhoods”, more extravagant spending on useless, feel-good capital projects, more “studies” by Vanderbilt and other leftist thinktanks on what should be done, and a whole lot more payouts to Democrat donor organizations.

    So, John Cooper, save the money on the survey and just do what you know you’re gonna do anyways!

  7. LM

    That’s easy- they need to send all Nashville residents a check. That’s as good of management as has been for “COVID relief funds” so far.

  8. What could possibly go wrong with this initiative?

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