How will your city use millions in COVID-19 relief funds?

After a report indicating cities in our area will be receiving millions of dollars in aid, the question is how will the cities use that money?

Posted: Mar 17, 2021 3:34 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2021 6:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Cities across the nation are expected to get millions of dollars in relief from President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief package.

According to the National League of Cities, Corvallis and Springfield are expected to get $13.8 million and Eugene is expected to get $35 million.

Now, the question is how the cities will use that money.

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KEZI spoke with local mayors and spokespeople to learn more.

"Not surprisingly our hospitality industry, all of the places where people eat and gather," Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis said. "And our arts community. We will put our funds to support our arts."

Vinis also said the funds will be used to address the homeless crisis in the city.

Mayor Sean VanGordon explained how Springfield will use the relief.

"In the city of Springfield, the actual impacts around our budget revolve around the transit impacts. Because no one is traveling," VanGordon said. "We're a huge tourism area and no one has traveled here."

In Corvallis, the city said they will use the funds on infrastructure improvements.

"In places like Corvallis, the students may not be using water because they are studying remotely," Corvallis spokesperson Patrick Rollens said. "This makes the water usage go down, which reduces revenue for the water fund, which in turn reduces revenue that goes into capital improvement and long range improvements to the infrastructure."

KEZI also reached out to Albany Mayor Alex Johnson II. Their city is expected to receive $9 million. 

Johnson said he plans to speak with the city council on Thursday to talk about how the funds will be allocated in the city.

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