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Leon County Expecting Significant Share Of Latest Federal Stimulus

Tom Flanigan
The Leon County Courthouse

Now the process begins to determine the community's most pressing needs within the still-evolving federal guidelines.

Leon County will be receiving a sizeable stimulus check of its own from the federal government. The figure works out to about 20% of the entire county budget for the current fiscal year.
Deputy County Administrator Alan Rosenzweig said Leon's share of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package is nothing to sneeze at.

"We're targeted to receive about $57 million. There are some constraints on it. All the rules are still being written by the Treasury, so we anticipate that coming out over the next several months."

But Rosenzweig said local officials will already be well into the process of deciding how best to use the money.

"We're starting to have conversations about what programs would meet the needs of the criteria that we have now. And most importantly we'll be bringing a lot of that information to the Board of County Commissioners at their first budget workshop at the end of April."

One already-determined priority is more help for those who are behind in their rent and utility bills. Rosenzweig says that program will be announced this week using existing money.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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