City Commissioner Approved Final ARPA Allocations, FY 22-23 Budget

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Earlier this week, Owensboro City Commissioners approved the allocation of the final $13.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds as well as approval of the city’s budget for the 2022-23 financial year.

ARPA-funded project allocations included: $2.5 million for the RWRA Ravine sewer system; $2.5 million for the OMU Water Tower project; $5.05 million for the York Ward Drainage Project; and $750,000 for the Cravens Pool Project.

In addition, $2.5 million is unaffected and will be kept in the City’s budget for any project that may arise.

A budget amendment was approved that will allow additional funding for the Fire Department for overtime and fuel, for recreation funds due to Edge Ice Arena shortfalls, for excess fuel in the park service, GIS photography and other elements.

City Manager Nate Pagan said most of the amendments act as a “cleanup” for budget items with overruns. The general fund was not affected by any changes.

The budget as previously proposed was not adjusted and was approved unanimously. The budget will come into effect on July 1, 2022.

Highlights of the budget include a pay raise for all city employees and unelected police officers.

In other cases, commissioners approved a municipal ordinance for a grant application to replace 40 body armor for the Owensboro Police Department. This is a 50/50 grant where the city contributes $14,708 and the grant will cover the other half. They also approved a grant application to cover the purchase of a Multi-Purpose Tactical Response Vehicle for OPD; the grant has no matching requirement.

The owner of nearly 53.5 acres near Burns Middle School has requested that the property be annexed by the City. Pagan said the owner expected to turn the area into a residential neighborhood containing 177 lots.

James V. Hayes