The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021 to provide direct relief to cities, towns and villages in the United States (Sec. 9901: Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds). The U.S. Department of the Treasury is responsible for overseeing this unprecedented program.
According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, 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:
ARPA Funding must fit into one of the following four statutory categories:
These four uses are split into 7 summary expenditure categories:
Local governments will receive the funds in two allocations. The first allocation was made in the Spring of 2021 and the second allocation will be made in May 2022. Funding must be obligated by December 31st, 2024 and expended by December 31st, 2026.
Federal ARPA funds allocated to the Town of Auburn will total $5,011,472.00. Of that amount, $1,754,873.00 is the municipal allocation and $3,256,599.00 is the Town’s allocation under the county allocation. The Town has received approximately 50% of the funds, with the remaining allocation to arrive in May 2022.
The Auburn Select Board will hold a public hearing on ARPA funds on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 6:30 PM in the Select Board’s Room on the 2nd floor of Town Hall, 104 Central Street, Auburn, MA 01501.View the Flier - Public Hearing Nov 29th 2021 (PDF) & Meeting Information (PDF).
The following resources are available to learn more about ARPA: