Polk County will seek public input on how it should spend federal COVID-19 relief funds, with a series of public forums scheduled for the next several months. The county will receive $95 million as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. The Polk County Board of Supervisors will use input gathered from the forums to prioritize how to invest the county’s share of the federal economic stimulus dollars. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have a tremendous impact on Polk County residents for generations to come,” board Chair Angela Connolly said in a news release. “Because of the scale of this opportunity the Board of Supervisors are committed to a process that will result in long-term systemic changes and will be making strategic investments to address key priority areas.” The supervisors have already identified four priority areas, including affordable housing, economic well-being, water quality and mental health. The first public forum is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, at the Iowa Events Center, Room 302-303. In addition to the public forums, residents can submit their input in an online survey on the county’s website through Dec. 31. Livestreams of the forums will be available on the county’s website and social media pages. Dates for additional forums have not been determined.