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Stimulus funds are spread throughout the city

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Sioux Falls received millions of dollars through the stimulus fund and it's credited for numerous improvements and benefits for the city. That money has been spread throughout Sioux Falls. Some of it goes directly to help the residents.

South Dakota has received more than 990 million dollars thanks to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, mostly in grants.

Here's how the major amounts awarded to Sioux Falls break down:

  • The health department received one million dollars.
  • The police department received one-point-nine million dollars.
  • Public works got three-point-four million dollars.
  • Transit got two-point-six million dollars.

"That's all money that's been used. We've pretty well got it committed or it's actually in the ground already," said finance director Eugene Rowenhorst.

Rowenhorst says the stimulus funds are directly helping the city. They've bought new buses, expanded the capacity for the health department and hired more police officers.

"If we had not gotten the stimulus money, there's nine police officers that wouldn't have been hired," said Rowenhorst.

Hiring more officers was part of the long term plan, they were just able to hire them sooner. As part of the deal, those officers must stay on the police force for at least a year.

Some of the money goes directly to you in a way to save money.

"As part of our community development program, people are able to access money to put in furnaces that are a lot more efficient than the old one they probably have," said Rowenhorst.

So as it's intended to do, the stimulus is helping you keep more money in your pocket.

Also thanks to the stimulus fund, the city has improved some roads and there's work being done on the water system and a future landfill.

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