The Town is expected to receive a total of $2,262,181.50 in American Rescue Plan Act recovery funds to replace lost revenues and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mayor and Council plan to work to engage the community in order to hear from residents, businesses, and community leaders on how the funds from the ARPA should be used.
The Citizen Engagement process will be a participatory and community-based process.
The Mayor, Council, and Staff will be exploring the use of focus groups, a community survey,
key stakeholder interviews, and community discussion sessions to ensure a transparent and equitable process.
This Citizen Engagement process will be instrumental toward determining the final priorities for ARPA spending and ultimately how the funds are allocated toward efforts such as housing, food security, business assistance, workforce development, public health, and infrastructure investments.
ARPA Eligible Uses
ARPA funds provide 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. The funds must be utilized between 2021-2024. Eligible uses of ARPA funding include:
·Revenue replacement for the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, relative to revenues collected in the most recent fiscal year prior to the emergency,
·COVID-19 expenditures or negative economic impacts of COVID-19, including assistance to small businesses, households, and hard-hit industries, and economic recovery,
·Premium pay for essential workers,
·Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
The town has also created a Resident Relief and Business Relief fund to assist residents and businesses in need due to Covid.