Since March of 2021 when the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) economic stimulus bill was signed into law, county staff and elected officials have been hard at work determining what is needed to help residents, municipalities, businesses and local non-profits the most in this continued COVID-19 economic recovery period.
After extensive community and employee input was collected, the Board of County Commissioners approved priority areas for funding use and in late 2021 set up corresponding task forces by combining county subject matter experts and department leadership, to begin looking at various projects needed. These task forces were charged with considering a range of potential projects, which were first reviewed for initial approval by the Board of Commissioners, studying those projects’ negative and positive impacts on the community, and ensuring the project meets Federal guidelines for how ARPA funds may be spent.
Then, a process of working with the other task forces and obtaining County Commissioners final approval will be followed. Projects will only be approved once these actions are complete, additional funding has been explored, and the project is ready for implementation.