On this page:
- American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Overview
- U.S. Treasury Guidance on Eligible Uses of Funds
- City of Iowa City Use of Funds & Guiding Principles
- Share Your Ideas for How to Spend ARPA Money (Take me to the Survey)
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law. This legislation established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, which provides significant resources to state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, replace lost public sector revenue and restore service levels, support immediate financial stabilization for households and businesses, and address public health and economic challenges caused by the pandemic and that have disproportionately impacted certain populations.
The U.S. Treasury has allocated $18.3 million to the City of Iowa City. The City expects to receive up to 50% of this allocation in the coming months and the remaining balance approximately 12 months later.
On May 10, 2021, the US Treasury released guidance on state and local use of funds. This guidance provides cities broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding within the following categories of eligible uses:
- Support public health expenditures, by 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 borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors; and,
- 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
Within these overall categories, the U.S. Treasury’s Interim Final Rule provides guidelines and principles for determining the types of programs and services that this funding can support. The Treasury has designed these provisions to take into consideration the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic.
- Treasury Allocations for Metropolitan Cities
- Treasury Allocations for Counties
- Treasury Allocations for States
City Council have identified guiding principles to inform the process of prioritizing ideas for use funds.
City Council and staff will work collaboratively with residents, businesses, non-profits, and other community partners and stakeholders to ensure a transparent process that is aligned with community needs. Additionally, the City will seek to coordinate with Johnson County and neighboring cities to maximize the transformative impact of these funds and the many other funding streams and programs included in the American Rescue Plan Act.
The City intends to provide various options for public input opportunities to ensure all community voices are heard. As additional opportunities are scheduled, they will be promoted through City platforms and on this webpage.
Read the news release about the ARPA survey at our webpage.