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Municipalities to get $11 million from rescue plan

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Lincoln Parish municipalities stand to receive a combined total of approximately $11.3 million in federal coronavirus aid through the American Rescue Plan, according to a list released Wednesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The money is part of more than $315 million in COVID funds allocated to 290 Louisiana towns and cities not in line for direct ARP aid. Here are the local amounts:

• Ruston — $8.1 million

• Grambling — $1.9 million

• Choudrant — $362,825

• Dubach — $335,456

• Simsboro — 308,826

• Vienna — $138,324

The fund allocations are based on each municipalities’ population and will be disbursed in two payments — one this year and one next year. All of the amounts are in line with preliminary estimates released in March by the Louisiana Municipal Association.

At the time, Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker said he anticipated some of the city’s funds would go to shore up the city’s reserves, some for the planned new fire station on West California Avenue, and some of the long-talked about new animal control facility.

As of Wednesday, the city had not received its money, though the press release from Edwards’ office said the first disbursement was to be made in June.

The American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden in March.