Green Forest police receive $109,000 through CARES Act

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

By Scott Loftis

The Green Forest Police Department has received $109,000 through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Mayor Jerry Carlton said.

Carlton said the funds can only be used for salaries.

“That would probably cover six months of salary for the police department,” Carlton said.

The city has also been awarded a $139,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism to update the city park.

At the Green Forest City Council’s regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, the council authorized engineering firm Olsson to move into the second phase of evaluating the city’s sewer system after the company completed the first phase significantly under budget.

Carlton said the city held a budget meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15. He said Green Forest’s sales tax revenue has increased in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had no issues with budget,” he said.

The Green Forest City Council is expected to vote on the city’s 2021 budget at its next regular meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at City Hall.

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