Metro Council approves second round of American Rescue Plan funds for EBR

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – In a special Metro Council meeting, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has secured $73 million in American Rescue Plan funding for East Baton Rouge.

“This once-in-a-lifetime funding helps us bridge the gap in places where our municipal budget often falls short,” said Broome.

This ARPA fund is in addition to $22 million dollars approved by the Metro Council in June for drainage initiatives. The current approval will fund critical drainage, public safety and economic initiatives. 

“My proposal dedicated $14.2 million for community violence initiatives within East Baton Rouge Parish which will bolster the work being done by our law enforcement, elected officials, and community-led initiatives,” said Broome.

Though approved, the budget was still met with some pushback from a local gun violence prevention group.

“We are concerned that the lack of input and transparency around not just what but how the funds will be used. ARPA funding was intended to meet immediate needs for the community and the proposed budget lacks imagination and commitment to that proposal,” said Keturah Butler-Reed with the Community Gun Violence Committee.

The budget was approved unanimously.

“These proposed allotments will help us create a stronger future for East Baton Rouge Parish,” said Broome. “A future where our residents can rest assured their drainage ways are flowing as they should. A future where we know our youth and our families can live without fear of losing a loved one to gun violence or opioid overdoses. A future where everyone can rest assured they have the resources they need to lead safe, hopeful and healthy lives.”

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