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Rutherford County has more stimulus funds flowing into its coffers.

County Finance Director Lisa Nolen said the County has been awarded a grant from the U. S. Department of Energy for an ARRA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant in the amount of $418,600.

Rutherford County’s Board of Commissioners will vote to accept the grant at its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

The funds will be used to purchase additional recycling equipment providing more recycling options at all county convenience centers, upgrade and replace fluorescent lamps in four county office buildings, upgrading central heat and air controls in four buildings, and replacing metal halide bulbs in five parking lots.

At the county’s budget committee meeting, Nolen said the total solid waste project was $154,572 with $110,000 being provided from the ARRA Energy Efficiency Grant and $44,572 would be provided from current funds in the Solid Waste budget through the Recycle Rebate Grant.

The other projects will cost the county approximately $308,600.

Earlier this month the city of Murfreesboro also announces its plans to use $961,100 in federal stimulus funds to develop an energy conservation strategy and make city hall more energy efficient.

The city plans to use the funds to upgrade city hall’s18-year-old heating and air conditioning system and install more energy efficient lighting.

The county commission will also consider accepting a $538,165 grant from the 2009 JAG Recovery Grant (ARRA) to purchase law enforcement equipment.

The grant is a multi-jurisdictional between Murfreesboro, La Vergne, Smyrna, and Rutherford County. The city of Murfreesboro will administer the grant.

Michelle Willard can be contacted at 615-869-0816 or mwillard@murfreesboropost.com.
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Members Opinions:
October 13, 2009 at 4:14pm
Great. County coffers are "fat" with federal cash (which we are going to have to pay, probably sooner rather than later) and we still get whacked with a local tax hike. When is this going to end?
October 13, 2009 at 7:48pm
Why is it that in hard times the citizen cuts back yet government spends more?

Enough is enough.

I have bills and a family to take care of, and a pay cut to do it all. Now I'm going to be expected to pay more in taxes because they can't stop spending money. Double digit unemployment, property values declining, yet the government continues to build. These grants are not free.

The New American Way. Work harder for less pay, and give more back so the government can spend it as they see fit.
October 14, 2009 at 6:38am
I have always said, the rich get richer (goverment this time) and the rest of us pay for it.
October 14, 2009 at 3:49pm
Does anyone here know what stimulus means?
October 14, 2009 at 6:46pm
Stimulus is money that the government does not have so it borrows from other countries adding to our national deficit. Then it hands out the money in an attempt to "spur" the economy. We are then taxed to death to help pay back the money borrowed. Since there are more tax receivers than tax payers, the government prints money to pay loans. Thus, causing inflation and adding to the fall of the dollar.

Does that about answer your question.
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