MILLER COUNTY, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – Miller County, Arkansas is set to receive millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government.
Based on its population size, Miller County is expecting an allocation of $8.4 million from the U.S Treasury for infrastructure improvements. However, only $4 million will be available immediately.
“Citizens of Miller County should be excited about the money because it’s going to move our county forward,” Judge Cathy Harrison said.
The American Relief Plan includes a broad list of projects that can be covered. Harrison says this area will focus on roads, buildings, water, construction tools, and broadband for better signals in rural areas.
“Our focus is primary roads and secondary roads right now,” Harrison said.
If the projects are approved, the county is not required to pay back any money. However, if a proposal is denied, the government will be reimbursed.
“It’s a huge benefit for Miller County. Over the years we’ve been going backward anyway. Within our budget- county general. We were one and a half million behind when I came into office. Right now, we are where we were six years ago.”
The remaining $4 million will be given to the county within the next year if future project proposals are approved. Judge Harrison said a portion of that funding could hit the account as soon as Friday.
Bowie County also received funding of about $18 million. However, officials have not yet released any information on how that money might be spent.