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.
Johnson County is planning public input sessions throughout the county in the coming months. Dates and locations will be posted on this webpage when scheduled.
For additional information on the American Rescue Plan Act, please visit the National Association of Counties funding breakdown website.