American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is a $1.9 trillion stimulus package signed into law March 11, 2021 that is intended to aid public health and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. ARPA included $350 billion in emergency funding for eligible state, local, territorial and Tribal governments , known as the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds distributed through the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Funds are subject to the requirements specified in the Interim Final Rule adopted by Treasury on May 10, 2021. The Final Rule is expected to be released sometime before the end of 2021.
Local governments will receive funds in two municipal and county installments with 50% in 2021 and the balance expected 12 months later. The Town of Wallingford received:
Municipal Payment #1: $102,122.90
County Payment #1: $189,479.45
States must obligate the CSFRF dollars by Dec. 31, 2024, and spend by Dec. 31, 2026.
USE OF FUNDS – From the U. S. 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:
- 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
Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.
Vermont Leagues of Cities and Towns developed a Frequently Asked Question document accessible here.
The Wallingford Selectboard hosted a public forum on September 22, 2021 to gather input. Rutland Regional Planning Commission’s Eric Hall, the point person responding to inquiries, prepared a response sheet for questions raised during the forum. Click here.