TOWN OF STAFFORD

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT

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TOWN OF STAFFORD

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT

     ARPA EXPLAINED     

 

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was enacted by Congress providing additional financial relief to communities to address the continued impact of Covid-19. From that package, $350 billion was allocated for states, municipalities, counties, tribes, and territories through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF).

Stafford is entitled to receive $3,519,740.29

The funds come in two equal tranches:

  • Tranche 1: $ 1,759,870.14 (received June 25)

  • Tranche 2: $ 1,759,870.15 (2022)​

  • Funds must be obligated or encumbered by December 31, 2024. All funds must be spent by December 31, 2026.

Funds can only be used in accordance with the act, which generally allows for the support of public utilities, elements of economic development, elements of social services, pandemic-related emergency services, and recovering lost municipal income. Please note that school-related expenditures are not permitted with these funds. 

ARPA OVERVIEW PRESENTATION

On September 29, 2021, a Public Meeting was held to establish the Town of Stafford Municipal ARPA Committee. Concurrently, an ARPA program overview was presented, clarifying eligible expenditures and example projects. 

     FUNDING PRIORITIES    

 

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff;

  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector;

  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic;

  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors; and,

  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.

Community Input Needed

The Town of Stafford is seeking input to prioritize eligible projects to help the community recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Please share your needs and priorities as a local resident, property or business owner. 

Stafford ARPA Commission

To help oversee funds and prioritize projects, the Stafford Board of Selectman formed the ARPA Commission. The Commission will work hand-in-hand with the community to hear from residents, small businesses, and community stakeholders on how these funds from the ARPA should be used. Additionally, the Town will pursue additional funding opportunities that will become available through ARPA and any additional relief legislation.

The Commission consists of town staff, officials, and community members, who were appointed by the Board of Selectmen in accordance with the requirements of C.G.S. Sec. 9-167a

The Commission shall have the following duties and responsibilities: a) The Commission shall be the Grant Administrator for the ARPA funds. b) The Commission shall develop a multi-year spending plan. c) The Commission shall encourage, facilitate and solicit input from the community. d) The Commission shall educate the public via a hosted presentation and ARPA Fund updates. e) The Commission shall identify projects among categories of eligible use and follow current procurement procedure ordinances. f) The Commission will be responsible for appropriate use of funds, shall create internal local controls, shall document expenditures, and be subject to audit.

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