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American Rescue Plan

Information on York County Maine Government's work on the American Rescue Plan, including public comments/requests, videos of public hearings, and general correspondence and notices. 

American Rescue Plan Act

Under the United States American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, York County is issued $40,331,830 in recovery funds to replace lost revenues and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The payment is split into two tranches, with the first payment of $20,165,915 arriving in June 2021 and the second payment of an equal amount scheduled to arrive no sooner than June 2022.

ARPA funds must be obligated no later than December 31, 2024. Funds must be spent no later than December 31, 2026.

Further guidance on the use of ARPA funds is in the links below; but broadly, these funds can be spent in the following categories:

  • Supporting the public health response

  • Addressing negative economic impacts 

  • Replacing public sector revenue loss 

  • Premium pay for essential workers 

  • Water, sewer, broadband infrastructure

Funds can generally not be used for:

  • Reducing taxes

  • Depositing extraordinary funds into a pension account

  • Certain non-federal matches

  • Debt Service

  • Legal Settlements

  • Rainy Day Funds

  • Infrastructure outside of water/sewer/broadband, or revenue loss to infrastructure projects

  • General economic development or workforce development unless related to the pandemic Guidance Documents

The following are resources offering guidance for how counties can spend ARPA funds.

 

 

County Process

 

The following is York County's process for determining use of ARPA funds:

 

1. Identify County needs – June/July 2021

  • York County staff will perform an audit of losses to York County 

  • County staff will identify further response measures necessary to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • York County will perform an internal needs assessment

  • Conducted Public Hearings on June 16th and June 23rd to solicit comment from interested stakeholders

2. Review and Categorize Requests in July/August/early September 2021

  • Close comments/requests July 23, 2021

  • Commissioners’ workshop on August 4th at 3:00 p.m. to discuss requests

  • Organize requests into qualified categories

  • Meetings with industry experts and service providers

  • Receive ongoing comments through Commissioners’ meetings

  • Meetings with industry experts, service providers, State and local leadership, if needed

 

Public Comment

Interested parties and residents can also attend any Commissioners’ meeting and offer commentsduring the “Public Comments” period.