Washtenaw Rescue Plan
On March 11, the President signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This action created the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to support local governments as they help their communities recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Through the passage of ARPA, Washtenaw County government will be allocated just over $71 million in two equal allotments (May 2021 and May 2022). Each local unit of government inside of Washtenaw County is also eligible to receive funding. You can find out how much your city, township, or village will be allocated here.
In summer 2021, the County developed an initial list of potential initiatives to help guide the use of these funds as part of a larger spending plan that will take advantage of other funding sources. The intent of this one-time funding is for the County to spend it in ways to serve households in Washtenaw County to recover from the pandemic while creating a more equitable future.
After a two-month community engagement process, the Board introduced and unanimously passed a resolution that represented the first expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act funding in September of 2021.
Following continued conversations and resident input, the Board worked with County Administrations to develop a proposal for the second package of expenditures and additional community listening sessions.
While some of the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan will use other pots of money to fund projects, the majority of projects will use ARPA Funds. These 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. We may use 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
These funds must be allocated by 12/31/2024 and fully implemented by 12/31/2026.
For more information on how funds can be used, click review the Interim Final Rule