MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave County Supervisor Ron Gould is both surprised and disappointed that so many residents of his 5th District have not taken steps to receive stimulus money. Gould tried to present $165 to every resident of his district but response has been slow to the free money invitation.
Each of the five county supervisors has about $8.1-million in ARPA COVID-19 relief to spend within their districts, subject to federal guidelines. All but Gould have been spending the funds in various increments on a broad array of projects.
Gould proposed to return his allocation directly to the people of his district. Roughly 28,000 invitations to apply for the money were mailed more than a month ago.
Only 10% of the invitations resulted in return of application by June 23, one week before the June 30 application deadline. Anyone requiring information or assistance in that regard can contact Valerie (928-758-0739) in Gould’s office.
Despite assurances about data and privacy protection, Gould believes some did not apply for stimulus money because they were not certain that security would be guaranteed. He said there was also some confusion about income eligibility, though Gould made it clear that everyone, even the most affluent, are eligible for the one-time payment.
Gould further speculated that $165 might not be sufficient return to motivate people to handle the required paperwork. Gould said he must now determine how to spend the balance of his ARPA allocation once the stimulus program runs its course.