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Letter: ARPA Funds

By James Roberts

I think that this government handout money could have been used more wisely than to paint and remodel buildings that are owned by individuals that can afford to do it without any outside help. Not only that but most of these buildings are sitting vacant or have been vacant for years.

Why paint or remodel something if it's just going to continue to sit vacant? There should have been a stipulation in the deal that the owner(s) would have a set amount of time to open it up for some type of business to be able to get the repairs done free. The way it stands now is that the city has spent all this money and the owner(s) could possibly sell the property and not be liable for any money for repairs. You can literally go to any other town that has a downtown or square and not only are the buildings vibrant but, are being occupied by a business that WILL attract customers/tourists. Being empty does not do that.

The honor and dignity of this excess money would have been better spent for individual home repairs for people who cannot afford it themselves rather than the fortunate to prosper even more! Just the way I see it.

This story was posted on 2022-09-29 19:26:52
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