The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill. ARPA was created to help states, municipalities, counties, tribes and territories help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced that Taunton will receive $20,952,932 in federal funding as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Taunton Public Schools (TPS) will receive $26,602,613.00 exclusively for TPS expenses.
The U.S. Treasury also released rules and guidelines for the program that sets forth eligible uses for funding, which includes responding to acute pandemic-response needs, filling revenue shortfalls, and supporting the communities and populations hardest-hit by COVID-19
There are five core areas for disbursement of funds:
Support Public Health Response:
Respond to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 or its negative economic impacts.
Address Negative Economic Impacts:
Respond to economic harm to workers, families, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector.
Replace Lost Revenue:
Provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to COVID-19.
Water, Sewer, and Broadband Infrastructure:
Make necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, invest in wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expand broadband access.
Funds may be used for additional support for those who have faced the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors.
Your opinion is needed. What do you think is highest priority for the City of Taunton?
Take a brief online survey on how you think the City should prioritize ARPA funding: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z8M5GGQ
In addition, the City intends to provide opportunities for community engagement. The first Community Engagement meeting for Taunton residents will be Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 6:00pm at City Hall, 15 Summer Street, in the Council Chamber.
As additional meetings are scheduled, the days and times will be posted on the city website, Facebook page, Public Access Comcast Channel 15 and Verizon Channel 22.
Please check back regularly for updates!