American Rescue Plan Act
What is ARPA?
Signed into law on March 11, 2021, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) provides $350 billion in funding to state, local and Tribal governments to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, more equitable economy as the country recovers.
The total amount dedicated to counties across the country is $65.1 billion. Pierce County’s share is $175 million, with the first half (roughly $88 billion) allocated now and the remaining half allocated in May 2022. The money must be spent by the end of 2024.
Congress was clear in its passage of ARPA that its Fiscal Recovery Funds be spent within four eligible categories:
- Public Health emergency response and economic impacts.
- Provide premium pay to essential workers.
- Cover eligible government revenue losses due to the COVID-19 emergency.
- Invest in infrastructure like water, sewer and broadband.
- Money cannot be used to directly or indirectly offset tax reductions or delay a tax or tax increase.
- Money cannot be deposited into a pension fund.
|Meeting||Meeting materials||Video/audio recordings|
|Committee of the Whole, April 1, 2021||Agenda packet||April 1, 2021 meeting|
|Committee of the Whole, April 8, 2021||Agenda packet||April 8, 2021 meeting|
|Committee of the Whole, April 22,2021||Agenda packet||April 22, 2021 meeting|
|Council Regular Meeting, April 27, 2021||Agenda packet||April 27, 2021 meeting|
|Committee of the Whole, May 20, 2021 (1 p.m.)||Agenda packet||May 20, 2021 meeting|