Town of Bloomfield, CT
American Rescue Plan Act
The Town of Bloomfield will receive $6.28 million from the Federal Government to help our community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) includes money for, among other things, unemployment assistance, schools, childcare help, health care and certain types of infrastructure.
The Town intends to allocate approximately $1.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars for allowable purposes (see below) to address the public health crisis and the economic impacts of COVID-19. In order to identify the priority areas of spending, the Town is seeking community input. Please share your feedback on how the Town should spend these funds.
American Rescue Plan Act Timeline
Remember, Funds May Only Be Used For Eligible Purposes (As Specified By The U.S. Treasury)
Click Below To Learn More About The U.S. Treasury’s Six (6) Primary Eligible Purposes:
PROVISION OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES
The American Rescue Plan Act allows recipients to use funds to replace lost revenue in order to avoid cuts to governmental services, or to return services to their pre-pandemic level. To determine revenue loss, local governments may select either a standard allowance or use a formula which is prescribed by the US Treasury.
ADDRESS NEGATIVE ECONOMIC IMPACTS
The American Rescue Plan Act aims to respond to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Treasury’s Final Rule permits funds to be used for assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, as well as to offer aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.
SUPPORT PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE
American Rescue Plan Act funds may be utilized by municipalities to mitigate the public health crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and to bring the pandemic under control.
ESSENTIAL WORKER PREMIUM PAY
American Rescue Plan Act funds may be used by recipients to provide premium pay to eligible workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency or to provide grants to third-party employers with eligible workers performing essential work. These are workers who have been and continue to be relied on to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors, including those who are critical to protecting the health and wellbeing of their communities.
The American Rescue Plan Act also recognizes the need for improved broadband infrastructure and faster speeds, especially to underserved households and businesses.
WATER & SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE
Among other things, the Final Rule issued by the Treasury aligned eligible Water and Sewer Infrastructure projects with the eligibility requirements of the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund or Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. CWSRF includes projects that “construct, improve, or repair wastewater treatment plants, control non-point sources of pollution, improve resiliency of infrastructure to severe weather events, create green infrastructure, and protect waterbodies from pollution.