To the City Council and County Commission:
The Chattanooga Branch of the NAACP request equitable treatment of citizens in the allocation of funds received by the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, Tennessee.
Chattanooga received approximately $40 million and Hamilton County $71 million of ARP funds, for a total of $111 million.
The National Association of Counties (NACo), states that “. . . President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan is intended to combat COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts”.
During the public comment from citizens at the Chattanooga City Council and Hamilton County Commissioners meetings there were four questions posed. These questions are based on the requirements of Federal Executive Order 13985. The NAACP, other groups and individuals are ready to work with the government entities to have equitable spending for Black and underserved communities.
The questions are as follows:
1. What plans do you have to properly appropriate the $39.8/71.1 Million allocation to the City/County from the American Rescue Plan?
2. How will you ensure these funds will be equitably distributed to the local Black community?
3. How have city/county mayor, staff and council engaged the underserved members of our community?
4. What actions have you taken to gather data to assess the needs of our communities? If you have not begun the process, what is your timeline to accomplish this task?
Rev. Ann Jones Pierre
President NAACP Chattanooga Chapter