American Rescue Plan Act Funds


The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law on March 11, 2021. It was a $1.9 trillion package aimed at addressing the impact of COVID 19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals and businesses.
Counties received $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America. These funds were allocated based on the county share of the population. Counties that were Community Development Block Grant recipients received the larger of the population-based share or the share under a modified CDBGTG allocation formula.
Cities received $45.57 billion in payments. Non-entitlement units of local governments, towns with populations less than 50,000 received $19.53 billion.
The parameters for using the dollars ranged from general government services such as construction of schools and hospitals, road building and maintenance, health services, general government administration, environment remediation to police, first responders and other public safety services.
An example of projects that have been planned or completed within the last year by counties throughout the country is as follows:
131 Projects for Covid Response, $802 million, 14%

127 Sewer and water projects, $683 million, 12%

192 Government facility, equipment & IT, $192 million, 11%

33 Fiscal health recovery, $440 million, 8%

148 Government employee wages or hiring, $342 million, 6%

It has been over a year since the ARAP funds were made available. To understand the impact the dollars had on Palo Alto County and the towns within the county, a questionnaire was sent to each entity. The answers are an update of what has been done and what is planned. Any funds received have to be obligated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. All recipients must complete a report about the funds annually beginning in October, 2021 through October, 2026. Some towns did not respond to the inquiry. If information becomes available, it will be printed in an upcoming issue.

Town or County,
Amount Recv’d or
Will Receive,
Projects Completed or

EMMETSBURG, Estimated amount $552,000, Assist with new Waste Water Treatment Facility
Information submitted by Kim Kibbie, Administrator/Utility Superintendent

GRAETTINGER, Recv’d $59,920.50 & expect another $59,000 yet this year
Sanitary sewer lining and extending a water main
If there were not ARPA funds the sewer lining would not be done.
Information submitted by Sandra Henderson, City Clerk

PALO ALTO COUNTY, $1,262,123 with the first payment of $863,000.50 recv’d June 2021

See list of projects:
Phone and Technology Updates, $22,460.75 Ongoing

Public Health Vehicle
$ 34,490.00 Completed 12/14/21

Emergency Management, $7,262.10, Completed April, 2022

Courthouse Restrooms, $95,000.00, Spent $3,371 – whole project not started

Public Safety Building, $860,540.00, No date set for completion

Public Safety Building Equipment, $17,000.00, No date set for completion

Single Audit, $20,000.00, No date set for completion

Sheriff Dept. Radio Equipment, $190,000.00, No date set for completion

Recorder scanning
documents, $12,000.00, Just started
If there were not ARPA funds, the Public Safety
Building would need additional Bond Funds. The Public Health Vehicle would have been paid for by
General Basic Funds.
Information submitted by Auditor Carmen Moser

WEST BEND, $111,469.70 first half recv’d FY 22, Gate valve replacement Second half will come in FY 23, $24,509.19 completed VFD, Mag Meters-Wells, $29,290.00 completed
Line two sewer mains, $68,669.46 work to be done in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023
Information submitted by Lisa Sewell, City Clerk


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