Lane County residents are invited to take a short online survey to help Lane County prioritize the use of $15 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The anonymous survey is available at LaneCountyOR.gov/ARPA in both English and Spanish. The survey will be available until February 28.
Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act is one-time funding intended to help communities recover from the effects of the pandemic. Local governments are required to use ARPA funds for four primary purposes: replace lost public sector revenue; respond to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic; provide premium pay for essential workers; and invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.
Current ARPA allocations
The Board of County Commissioners has already allocated $55 million in ARPA funds and $13 million in state-allocated Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to priority projects that meet the requirements for use of ARPA funds:
- $18.4 million for housing and homelessness
- $7 million to build a new behavioral health crisis center
- $1.2 million for public health
- $1.1 million for courtroom digital modernization
- $8.5 million for COVID response
- $5.3 million for aid to nonprofits
- $9.8 million to support financial stability of the County
- $17.5 million for public safety
- $4 million set aside for unanticipated pandemic response expenses
For more information about Lane County’s use of ARPA funds, visit LaneCountyOR.gov/ARPA.