Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased to report that today, Thursday's, passage of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill includes $242,000 in federal funding. Combined with funding announced in May of this year, Monroe County has received nearly $26 million dollars in 2009.
The funds for the Keys Wastewater Project will be made available through the Army Corps of Engineers and will be divided according to the agreements decided by the local governments several years ago. To date, the four localities of Key West, Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District, Marathon, and Islamorada have only spent $6.9 million dollars. This means that there is more than $28 million dollars waiting to be spent.
Of its allocation, Key Largo has only spent $1.4 million; Marathon has spent only $4.2 million; Islamorada has spent only $32,000; and Key Largo has spent $442,000.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "It is imperative that these municipalities spend these federal funds within the next year or our efforts to secure future funding will be jeopardized. We cannot ask for more federal funding, if the municipalities involved are not able to properly spend what is available now. I cannot overstate how important this is."