SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Tens of millions of dollars in federal aid is coming to the city of Savannah as part of the American Rescue Plan.
Last week, Senator Raphael Warnock announced Savannah would be getting more than $50 million.
WTOC asked Mayor Van Johnson what goals he has for the federal aid. And the mayor, while making it clear these are just his thoughts and that council as a whole would have to ultimately approve the allocation, listed a few of his priorities.
Mayor Johnson gave some examples of how to build up the city’s infrastructure, improving lighting around the city, and a broadband network. He also says he’d like to see the minimum wage for city employees raised to $15 an hour, for some of the federal aid to build back up city funds that were used for pandemic-related expenses, and help small businesses that applied for CARES Act funding but never received it.
“If we take it and spend it on small pet things, then we’ve really missed the whole purpose of what these funds were for. It was for building back better. It was for creating a springboard for cities like Savannah to be able to now move on another plane,” said Mayor Johnson.
There’s no timeline just yet on when the millions of dollars will be in, or when council will start considering where the federal relief money will go. But we’ll continue to keep an eye on the issue and keep you updated.