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Millions to flow into Malheur County in unexpected boost for local governments

VALE – Millions of unexpected dollars will pour into Malheur County this spring as a result of the federal American Recovery Plan. 

Under the new federal stimulus, the county is projected to receive a single payment of $5,929,057, and various cities within the county will receive massive two-part payments from the state, all of which need to be spent by 2024. 

Ontario, the county’s largest city, is expected to receive $2,240,950, significantly more than the $337,611 it received last year in coronavirus funding. 

According to the League of Oregon Cities, cities will also be given more flexibility in how to spend the money, though they still can’t use it to reduce taxes or pay pension costs. Suggested uses for stimulus funds include Covid response, premium pay for essential government employees, essential . . .