American Rescue Plan Funds Survey
Peoria County is seeking public input on the allocation of relief funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act. Residents age 18 and older are encouraged to take the online survey or submit a paper copy through August 16, 2021. Paper copies are available at the Peoria County Courthouse Room 502 or may be requested by calling (309) 672-6056.
What can ARP funds be used for?
On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) was signed into law. Included in it was the $362 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (FRF). Peoria County was allocated $34,803,420; half was received in May 2021 and the second half will be distributed by May 2022.
According to the US Department of Treasury, these relief funds were distributed with the intent to:
- Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control
- Replace lost revenue for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs
- Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses
- Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic
In addition, the department has issued guidance to local governments on how the funds may be allocated. The FRF funds provide local governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Local governments have broad flexibility to determine what is most needed by their community.
Local governments may use these funds to:
- Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
- Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
- Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
- Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
- Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet
Peoria County may not use ARP funds for:
- Extraordinary payments into a pension fund
- Rainy day funds or financial service deposits
- Funding debt service payments, legal settlements, or judgments
- Reduce net tax revenue
Full guidelines from the US Department of Treasury are available at https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-and-local-fiscal-recovery-funds.