May 6

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): How Municipalities Can Maximize Funding

Author: Dani Esterline

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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): How Municipalities Can Maximize Funding

President Biden implemented The American Rescue Plan on March 11, 2021. The relief pours into states and local government- what you should know is that the relief fund amounts to $1.9 trillion dollars and government sections can allocate the funding to whatever areas of need they see fit. 
Here are the numbers according to The U.S. Department Of The Treasury:

$195 billion for states
$130 billion for local governments
$20 billion for tribal governments
$4.5 billion for territories

Considering using funding strategically
1. Expanding water and gas systems, public works, broadband infrastructure
The pandemic detracted many government agencies from ongoing community projects, and with the addition of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act), government agencies can provide funding to continue the processes they were implementing before the pandemic.  Broadband infrastructure involves the technological development for government agencies and using resources to inform residents.


2. Funding for Essential Workers

Essential workers have been the backbone of society during the pandemic, and government entities are using the funding to offer premium pay for these workers that have risked their lives during the pandemic. Essential workers consist of employees that are part of the healthcare, retail, and automotive industries. 


3. Promoting Health and Safety of Residents

With the rollout COVID-19 vaccine, the federal government is encouraging vaccine distribution in municipalities. The American Relief Act gives government cities more funding so that everyone in the U.S. can become vaccinated, with the hope to return to a sense of normalcy in society.
 photo of residents walking

There are some restrictions to the American Rescue Plan Act and government discretion, according to Sarah Wilson from Lexipol: States and territories are barred from using funds either to directly or indirectly offset a reduction in their net tax revenue resulting from a change in law during the covered period that reduces or delays any tax or tax increase and states, territories, metropolitan cities, municipalities, and counties are also prohibited from using funds for deposit into any pension fund.

Bottom line: Government websites with resident-focused content is one of the key components to make governments run more efficiently and effectively. The American Relief Act Fund helps government agencies expand and progress towards economic stability, and the best part is the autonomy to choose where funding is needed.  Consider investing in expert web design and schedule a demo with us today by clicking here.
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