- Initial Budget Decisions
- On November 18, 2021 the Board of Supervisors made ARPA funding decisions for the current fiscal year, ending on June 30, 2022. The Board will continue to review future years' budgets as part of the yearly budget cycle.
View current budget here.
- Public Input
Johnson County solicited public input from May to October 2021. Read the final report on Johnson County's public input here.
In addition to online surveys and questionnaires, Johnson County conducted six in-person public input sessions:
Thursday, August 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City
- Visioning session and roundtable discussion for Johnson County nonprofits and service providers.
- Open house listening session for urban communities (Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, and University Heights).
- Addressing negative economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic (residents, workers, business owners, and impacted industries).
- Facilitated session for rural residents and small communities in northern Johnson County (Oxford, Tiffin, Solon, Shueyville, Swisher, and unincorporated areas).
- Facilitated session for rural residents and small communities in southern Johnson County (Hills, Lone Tree and unincorporated areas).
- View the meeting agenda here.
- Summary of public input to date with public comment to follow.
- An online public input survey was available to residents from May 26, 2021 through October 25, 2021. Results of that survey will be part of this presentation.
- Meeting in a Box
Would you like to host your own ARPA input session? The Meeting in a Box is a tool intended to support any group in Johnson County that wants to contribute to the public input process. Anyone can host or facilitate a meeting--from an informal group of friends to a regularly-scheduled meeting of a community organization. The Meeting in a Box provides a guide for the conversation, but the host can change or adapt the approach as needed.
Residents are still welcome to host meetings, but their feedback will not be incorporated into the final report to the Board of Supervisors on November 17. Please return any completed meetings to Allison Wells at [email protected].
- ARPA Leadership Team Updates
The ARPA Leadership Team provides regular updates to the Board of Supervisors Work Sessions at 9 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. You can stream past and future Work Sessions here. The ARPA Leadership Team presented updates on the following dates:
- May 26, 2021
- June 9, 2021
- June 30, 2021
- August 4, 2021
- August 18, 2021
- September 1, 2021
- September 8, 2021
- October 6, 2021
- October 13, 2021
- October 27, 2021
- November 3, 2021
- November 8, 2021
- November 15, 2021
- November 16, 2021 *Joint work session with the City of Iowa City 4 p.m.
- November 17, 2021
- December 8, 2021
- December 15, 2021
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden. This legislation established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. Through the Fiscal Recovery Fund, Congress provided State, local, and Tribal governments with significant resources to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts through four categories of eligible uses:
- To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries, such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;
- To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers;
- 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 full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
It is the mission of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to enhance the quality of life of residents by providing exceptional public services in a collaborative, responsive, and fiscally-accountable manner. True to our mission, the Board will take a three-pronged approach to utilizing Johnson County's American Rescue Plan Act funding:
- stabilize our community;
- strategize together to invest in future prosperity; and
- organize our resources to enable an inclusive recovery from COVID-19.
On May 10, 2021, the US Treasury released guidance on the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund. Johnson County will work diligently to seek public input to address the needs of our residents, workers, small businesses, and community partners. These input sessions will inform decision-making and program development to ensure ARPA investments are not merely a brief stimulus, but seed a new trajectory of inclusive economic growth for all people in Johnson County. You can review Johnson County's planning framework document, which will be updated regularly.
The Board, with our community network of civic, business, and philanthropic stakeholders, will develop funding priorities and programs in a collaborative and transparent manner. Johnson County is building processes, operations, and resources to enhance investments in public services and maximize the impacts of our local fiscal recovery allocation, and the many other funded program areas of the $1.9 trillion legislation.
For additional information on the American Rescue Plan Act, please visit the National Association of Counties funding breakdown website.