Massena officials have found an efficient way to use the federal funds offered to replace lost revenue due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The village has been told it will receive just over $ 1 million through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. Half was paid this year, and the other half will be paid next year.
The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund has allocated $ 350 billion to municipal governments. It was part of the $ 1.9 trillion U.S. bailout bill of 2021, passed by Congress and enacted in March.
“The village of Massena will use American Rescue Plan Act funds to upgrade the computer systems of the Massena Police Department and village offices,” according to a Nov. 28 report by the Watertown Daily Times. “The administrators approved the use of $ 131,000 of the village relief funds to upgrade the police department and village office system and $ 48,024 for IT services. [Former] Mayor Timothy J. Ahlfeld said the village has asked Twin State to look at the needs of the village. Twin State manages the IT services in the village offices while a separate company is responsible for these services in the police department.
“The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $ 1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill enacted in March. Within ARPA, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides $ 350 billion to states, municipalities, counties, tribes and territories, including $ 130 billion for local governments split equally between municipalities and counties », Says the article. “Possible uses of the funding include investing in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure, making the investments needed to improve access to clean water, support vital infrastructure for sewage and storm water and expand broadband Internet access. “
Designating these funds to modernize the village’s computer system is a wise decision. Every local government depends on a strong IT mechanism to store data and disseminate information.
Some aspects of technology age very quickly. It is therefore good to gradually introduce new hardware and software to ensure that the latest systems are used.
“One of the beauties of ARPA, the American Rescue Plan Act, is that they recognize that there are holes in the IT infrastructure, and it came about when people had to work from home during this crisis. COVID, “Ahlfeld said in the story. “So there is money available through ARPA funds that we can spend on cyber assets.”
It is especially important for computer systems to have the best protection against hackers. Massena’s technology upgrade will give government officials and staff the peace of mind that they can guard against cyber attacks.
It is tempting for municipalities to use government funding for current expenses. But on this page, we’ve often advised public bodies to devote limited funding to one-time uses. That way, they won’t develop a spending need that they might not be able to meet the following year.
We are happy to see Massena follow this formula. Computer systems will obviously need to be updated in the future.
But federal money will fix the problems the village has now. We applaud the officials for making such a prudent decision.