City Council members tonight are scheduled to wade through a densely-packed 18-page memo from city staff discussing options for spending the roughly $28 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds it hasn’t allocated yet.

The Council has already committed to spend more than $15 million from the federal program on various projects.

It also has more generally sliced the ARPA pie into 11 broad categories to guide further decision-making.

But last week the Economic Development Committee voted to postpone making any recommendations on how to spend its $7 million slice of the pie.

And the Council faces an array of competing approaches to spending money in a range of other categories, from affordable housing to social services, inclusive and equitable recovery and participatory budgeting.

It appears that many of the choices may be referred to Council committees to wade through the many potential alternatives.

This chart is based on numbers contained in the staff memo.

The special City Council meeting is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.