LEE COUNTY, NC – January 10, 2022 – Lee County Government is asking for public input on future programs and projects residents would like to see addressed with funds from the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA).
Under ARPA, the U.S. Treasury allocated $11.98 million in funding to Lee County for the purpose of assisting the county in its response to the pandemic and rebuilding a stronger community. The funds are intended to support the county in areas negatively affected by COVID and to help aid communities disproportionately impacted including those with low to moderate income levels and minority populations.
The federal government provided five categories where funding can be spent. Those include:
- Addressing COVID Public Health – allowing the county to utilize funding to better support public health costs. This may include increasing vaccine clinics, increasing test sites, covering medical expenses, provide face coverings and increasing staffing to provide additional health care access.
- Addressing COVID Economic Impact – where COVID created additional harm to citizens aside from health concerns. Many households lost jobs attributing to additional harms such as inability to pay bills, buy food and the ability maintain childcare. Additionally, many small businesses and manufacturing companies temporarily closed their doors, causing a decrease in revenue. Funding under this category may include funding for job training, food assistance, mortgage and utility assistance, counseling, assisting small businesses with loans and improving ventilation in public settings.
- Replacing Lost Revenue – some governments realized a loss in revenue, creating mass budgetary restrictions, thus funding would supplement lost revenue. Lee County is not eligible in this category because we did not realize a loss at this time.
- Providing Premium Pay to essential workers – employees who worked through the pandemic experienced 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.
Given the variety of categories in which the ARPA funds may be spent, Lee County Government is seeking public input on potential projects via an online survey, which is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R3FNBJB. The survey is open through Monday, January 31st.
For more information on ARPA, please visit https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-and-local-fiscal-recovery-funds.
For media inquiries and questions relating to the survey, please contact Hailey Hall, Communications Specialist at (919) 718-4605 or email@example.com.
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