What Is Arpa?
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, by President Joe Biden. It provided $350 billion to eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to aid equitable public health and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed through the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF).
What’s Eligible for Funding?
The U.S. Department of Treasury has outlined several eligible and ineligible uses for ARPA dollars.
Eligible Uses of FundsRecipients may use the funds in the following four categories:
- To respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts;
- To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing premium pay to eligible workers of the recipient, or by providing grants to eligible employers who have eligible workers who performed essential work;
- For the provision of government services to the extent of a reduction in revenue by the recipient due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
Ineligible Uses of FundsRecipients may not spend funds in the following categories:
- To offset a reduction directly or indirectly in net tax revenue due to a change in law from March 3, 2021, through the last day of the fiscal year in which the funds provided have been spent;
- To make a deposit to a pension fund;
- To fund debt service costs, legal settlements, or judgements; and
- To make deposits into a rainy-day fund or financial reserves.
What is the Approval Process?
All ARPA ideas and proposals submitted to the County will be reviewed by an internal team who will submit recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for review and consideration. The Board of Commissioners will appropriate the ARPA funds for all projects.
What is the Timeline?
- July 15 – Proposal Form Closes
- June/July/August – All ideas and proposals will be reviewed by an internal team and then submitted to the Board of Commissioners for review and consideration.
- July/August/September – The Board of Commissioners will begin reviewing and appropriating ARPA funds for projects.
- Board of Commissioners ARPA Work Session