What is the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021?
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides $350 billion for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and bring back jobs. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), established by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, provides a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.
How much funding will the City receive?
The City of Hagerstown has been allocated a total of $20.4 million. $10.2 million was received in May 2021, and the remaining $10.2 million in funding was received in June 2022. The funding must be spent or appropriated by December 2024.
How does the City plan to spend the funds?
Mayor and City Council have had several work session discussions and three strategic planning sessions to determine how the funding should be allocated to best serve the City of Hagerstown. In addition, there is an internal committee that meets regularly. All projects funded with SLFRF funding must fall under one of the following federal expenditure categories:
• Support Public Health Response
• Address Negative Economic Impacts
• Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities
• Premium Pay for Essential Workers
• Water, Sewer, and Broadband Infrastructure
• Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss
• Administrative Costs