American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) became law on March 11, 2021 to provide $1.9 trillion in economic stimulus with the intent to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. ARPA expands and builds on the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) from March 2020 and the $900 billion in stimulus relief included in the consolidated Appropriation Act, 2021 from December 2020.

Board of County Commissioners Approves ARPA Spending Plan Through 2024

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) - The Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a spending plan today for nearly $67 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Close to $60 million of that will support ongoing efforts to help Sedgwick County and its residents recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effects on our health and economy. Another $6.8 million will go into a contingency fund. This spending plan allocates ARPA funds from April 1, 2022 through Dec. 21, 2024. Some highlights of the decision:

These items continue or expand recovery efforts started last year, when ARPA became law in March 2021 and awarded Sedgwick County just over $100 million in total. From that, the BOCC dedicated more than $33 million through the first quarter of 2022 to provide vital community services and free COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at multiple sites around Sedgwick County. Other recovery efforts funded by ARPA include:

The BOCC determined the top recovery needs in Sedgwick County from research done by County staff, along with ARPA consultants for Sedgwick County. Commissioners then prioritized their uses of ARPA funding to benefit the highest number of Sedgwick County residents in the most impactful ways. By adding programs, personnel and services that are fully funded by ARPA, the BOCC assures residents they will not face higher taxes in the future to pay for these improvements.

ARPA funding builds upon earlier stimulus programs by the federal government, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES). In April 2020, Sedgwick County received nearly $100 million from CARES and helped many local agencies, businesses, and municipalities respond to COVID:

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