Sheboygan County may use ARPA funds for child care, internet, police

SHEBOYGAN – Nearly one in five households in Sheboygan County have no internet, according to a 2021 study.

Hundreds of families are struggling to find child care, and employers are struggling to find workers, with about 3,000 jobs available in the county.

Those are just a few problems county officials aim to address with federal COVID-19 recovery funds.

Sheboygan County received $22.4 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress last spring.

Next week, the county board will consider a resolution to allocate $11.1 million of the $15.5 million remaining funds to various projects, based on recommendations from six community task forces.

ARPA funds, distributed to state, local and tribal governments across the country, can be used to do any of the following:

  • Address negative economic impacts of the pandemic;
  • Support public health expenses;
  • Improve water, sewer and broadband infrastructure;
  • Increase pay for essential workers; and
  • Replace governments’ revenue loss during the pandemic.

The county has already used about $7 million of the ARPA funds, mostly for better pay and benefits to recruit and retain staff at Rocky Knoll Health Care Center and in the Sheriff’s Department.

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