ARPA Funding - Public Input
What is ARPA Funding?
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law. Governments across the country received funds to help combat the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through ARPA, the Town of Indian Trail will receive $12.7 million to assist in response to the pandemic and rebuild a stronger community. To date, the Town has received $6.35 million and expects to receive the remaining funds in the next few months.
How Can ARPA Funding be Spent?
The federal government outlined five categories where funding can be spent.
- Addressing COVID Public Health - to utilize funding to better support public health. As public health is handled through Union County, the Town does not have many funding opportunities in this category.
- Addressing COVID Economic Impact - where COVID created additional harm to citizens aside from health concerns.
- Replacing Lost Revenue - municipalities can take a maximum Revenue Replacement Allowance of $10 million. The Town has chosen to take the maximum Revenue Replacement Allowance.
- Providing Premium Pay - government employees who worked through the pandemic experienced a greater risk of contracting COVID-19. This category would provide hazard pay to those eligible employees
- Infrastructure Investment - making necessary investments to provide or improve access to clean drinking water, improving wastewater, stormwater infrastructure and expanding access to broadband internet. Stormwater infrastructure is the only item in this category where the Town could use ARPA funds.
How Can I Provide Input on How ARPA Funding Should be Spent?
The Town of Indian Trail is seeking input from residents and business owners as to how the Town should prioritize ARPA funds. You can do this in several ways:
- Take the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2YHYXFV.
- Attend an upcoming Town Council meeting and share your ideas during the public comment period. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Indian Trail Town Hall. Below are the meeting dates:
- May 10
- May 24
- June 14
- Visit Town Hall to fill out the survey in person.
How is the Town Spending the ARPA Funding?
The Town of Indian Trail has chosen to take the standard Revenue Replacement Allowance of $10 million, the maximum amount allowed by ARPA. The Town will use these ARPA funds to pay for allowable uses while freeing up $10 million in general funds to be used for various projects in Indian Trail.
To date, the Town has dedicated $4.5 million to the purchase of three new fire trucks for the local volunteer fire departments, as well as $344,000 to athletic associations. The remaining $5,156,000 will be dedicated to initiatives and priorities identified by the community and the Town Council.
Timeline for Use of Funds
- Funds must be obligated by Dec. 31, 2024
- Funds must be spent by July 1, 2026
If you have any questions about ARPA funding, please contact Finance Director Jim Wojtowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-821-5401.