Archived News Release: March 18, 2022 - City Council will consider the city staff-proposed Resolution to Direct the Allocation of ARPA Funding at its meeting on Monday, April 4.
On March 11, 2021 President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides financial support to local governments to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In January and February, city staff gathered public feedback to determine how to allocate the one-time $24.1 million in ARPA funds the city is receiving. To help facilitate conversations, city staff developed a list of potential projects that:
Met ARPA funding criteria;
Would impact an important public policy priority of City Council;
Provide an opportunity for the city to pursue new or transformative initiatives;
Could help free up funds from other sources to accelerate investment in other critical city programs or infrastructure.
Because there are more potential projects than available funding, the city reached out to the public to find out which projects they would like to see advanced using ARPA funding. City Council will take community input into consideration to make the final decision about what projects receive ARPA funds at its April 4 meeting. City Council was provided a memo outlining the program and funding. Council was also provided a follow-up memo on Nov. 4, 2021 to help explain why specific projects were being considered with the public's input taken into consideration.
To learn more about the projects that were proposed, please see the brief descriptions and videos on the ARPA project webpage.
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