By Jonathan Olsen-Koziol
Cheney Free Press 

ARPA spending challenged


Last updated 4/21/2022 at 7:47am

CHENEY – On April 12, Derek Beziotis, owner of Bene’s, a breakfast spot located on West First Street, told the Cheney City Council he feels “left behind” with their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocation.

Beziotis said the city should inject additional ARPA funds into the small business economy instead of using them on infrastructure projects like replacing water pipes and expanding its broadband systems.

“Ninety-seven percent of Cheney’s ARPA funds are for infrastructure—only .004 percent of Cheney’s ARPA funds are being used for your small businesses. Your sm...

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