U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas District 7) visited West University Place officials Friday (March 26) to take note of the estimated $3.4 million in federal “rescue” funds the city will be receiving for COVID-19 relief.
Mayor Bob Higley gathered along with some members of City Council and city staff — appropriately socially distanced and outdoors — outside the Police Department to mark the allocation. It’s part of the $350 billion that the American Rescue Plan that was recently passed by Congress and signed by President Biden is providing to state and local governments to offset past, current and future costs associated with the pandemic.
“As we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that collaboration and support across all levels of government will be vital to our recovery,” said Higley.
Fletcher added, “City Council members here in West U have done a fantastic job of keeping the city and this community running during an incredibly challenging year, and I think that this $3.4 million will hopefully make it a little bit easier to continue to do that important work.”
Texas is estimated to receive $16.7 billion in federal aid, with its cities and counties set to receive nearly $11 billion more. Approximately $1.54 billion is estimated to be distributed to cities and governments in District 7. Bellaire officials expect to receive about $4 million, they have said.