Proposed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Plan

***Survey Open***

The following survey is an opportunity for county residents to provide direct input to the local government decision-making process, specifically on spending priorities for the $15 million (ARPA Funding) that has been allocated to Lewis County.

Resident open participation URL: https://polco.us/lewiscoresopen


The American Rescue Plan will deliver $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and bring back jobs. On May 10, the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) released an Interim Final Rule, FAQs, and a fact sheet for a significant portion of the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) signed into law on March 11.

This specific Interim Rule and related guidance covers the $65.1 billion in direct federal aid to America’s counties. Later this year, Treasury will release separate guidance for the $1.5 billion in additional federal aid for public lands counties under Sec. 605 of ARP.

Lewis County’s allocation of the Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds ($15.6 Million) will be linked to the county’s Strategic Directives outlined in the five-year Strategic Plan. The BOCC is focused on creating long-term investments with limited long-term liability. These investments will create a pathway to economic recovery and future growth.

Funding Principles

  1. Accountability and Outreach 
  2. Long-Term Impacts
  3. Leverage State and Federal Funding
  4. Countywide Approach  
  5. Community Resilience
  6. Compliance and Transparency
  7. Financial Stewardship

Eligible Uses Include:

ARPA

Funds cannot be used to offset tax reductions or delay a tax/tax increase. 

Funding must be spent by end of calendar year 2024.

Category

Budget Allocation- 2021 Distribution

Public Health - Responding to the Pandemic and Negative Impacts

$1,553,194

Responding to Negative Economic Impacts

$2,050,000

Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities

TBD

Water, Sewer Infrastructure and Broadband

$3,600,000

Administrative costs and Data Analysis

$635,000

For more information about ARPA funding use, distribution or general information please contact:

Becky Butler

351 NW North St.

Chehalis, WA, 98532

Office Phone: 3607401198

Email: becky.butler@lewiscountywa.gov

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 a.m. M - F