Jasper County gives $320K in ARPA funds to Newton hospital

7 Dec 2023


Jasper County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 on Nov. 28 authorizing the distribution of $320,000 in unallocated American Rescue Plan Act funds to MercyOne Newton Medical Center to go towards the facility’s emergency room project, fulfilling a promise officials made at the start of the year.

Supervisor Brandon Talsma said the board had discussed the proposal in work sessions some time ago about trying to come up with a firm number to give to the hospital, which had initially asked Jasper County for a $2 million contribution. However, much of the county’s ARPA funds had been earmarked at that point.

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