Johnson County seeks community feedback on how to invest $29.3 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
The third public input session will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, in Meeting Room A of the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th Street, Coralville. This session will focus on addressing the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for residents, workers, business owners and impacted industries. Input session participants can share pandemic-related experiences and priorities through a live-polling format.
Those unable to attend are still able to participate by responding to an online questionnaire. The questionnaires are based on the topics that will be discussed at the input session:
- Small business owners are encouraged to complete a questionnaire at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6510080/Johnson-County-Negative-Economic-Impacts-Survey.
A version in Spanish is available at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6517453/Johnson-County-CUESTIONARIO-SOBRE-IMPACTOS-ECON-MICOS-NEGATIVOS.
- Workers are encouraged to complete a questionnaire at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6517278/Johnson-County-Negative-Economic-Impacts-Survey-Households-Families-Workers.
A version in Spanish is available at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6520193/Johnson-County-CUESTIONARIO-SOBRE-IMPACTOS-ECON-MICOS-NEGATIVOS-Preguntas-para-trabajadores-y-residentes.
All residents are encouraged to provide feedback about their priorities for eligible use of these funds through an online survey at https://johnsoncountyiowa.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_425gsQ7THOCMMCO.
The federal funding guidelines require that programs and projects must be tied to one of the following allowable uses and be obligated by Dec. 31, 2024:
- Support public health response;
- Address negative economic impacts;
- Replace public sector revenue loss;
- Provide premium pay to essential workers; and
- Make necessary investments to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.
Public input, transparency and accountability are critical to Johnson County’s response efforts. All residents, businesses and community organizations are encouraged to provide feedback about their priorities for eligible use of these funds.
Johnson County will hold three additional public input sessions. All sessions are open to the public.
- Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Solon Community Center, Cafeteria, 313 S. Iowa Street, Solon. This is a facilitated session for rural residents of northern Johnson County, as well as residents of Oxford, Tiffin, Solon, Shueyville and Swisher.
- Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Lone Tree Community School, Cafeteria, Entrance S1, 303 S. Devoe Street, Lone Tree. This is a facilitated session for rural residents of southern Johnson County, as well as residents of Hills and Lone Tree.
- Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6 to 8 p.m. – Johnson County Administration Building, Board Room, 913 S. Dubuque Street. This is a comprehensive town hall session. A Zoom option will be available.
More information about ARPA and how it impacts Johnson County is available at https://www.johnsoncountyiowa.gov/arpa.