American Rescue Plan Act Funds
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA or “ARP”) was signed into law by President Biden. ARP, a $1.9 trillion investment, established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. This fund provides $350 billion to state, local, territorial, and Tribe governments nationwide for COVID-19 pandemic recovery assistant. This bill provides additional relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.
Pitt County will receive $35,000,000 in two allotments. The first half was received in May 2021 and the second half will arrive in May 2022.
The Pitt County Board of County Commissioners are seeking input from the community on how to utilize these funds within the federal guidelines for eligible expenses. Pitt County will offer the community an opportunity to voice their input via the following methods:
- November 10th - Eugene James Auditorium – Pitt County Office Building – 1717 W. 5th Street, Greenville – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- November 17th - Mark W. Owens, Jr Auditorium – Pitt County Agricultural Center – 403 Government Circle, Greenville – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- November 29th - Community Schools & Recreation – Alice Keene District Park – 4561 County Home Rd, Greenville – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- December 1st – Grimesland Town Hall – 7592 Pitt Street, Grimesland, NC 27837 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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- November 15th, December 6th, and December 20th – Eugene James Auditorium – Pitt County Office Building – 1717 W. 5th Street, Greenville – 6:00 PM
- Speakers are allowed up to 3 minutes during the Public Address to the Board section of the agenda. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
- During In-Person and Zoom sessions, speakers will be given up to five minutes to formally present ideas for ARP funding.
- All participants are expected to follow COVID-19 CDC guidelines.
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- Address COVID-19 Public Health: Support public health expenditures, by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavior healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
- Address COVID-19 Economic Impact: 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 Revenue: 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
- Premium Pay: 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
- Infrastructure Investments: 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 broadband internet. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>