Great Barrington To Host American Rescue Plan Act Funds Meeting
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Select board will hold a public meeting Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. to receive residents' input on how to best deploy more than $2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The meeting will be held via Zoom and will be posted on the town calendar for Nov. 1.
Half of this funding has already been received by the town, but it is not yet allocated. The remainder comes in 2022.
Use of these ARPA funds ($2,075,908 for Great Barrington) is not expected to be subject to a town meeting vote. But town leaders seek public feedback on best uses for the funds.
Expenditures must fall into one of five categories:
Economic impact of the Covid-19 emergency
Loss of public sector revenue
Premium pay for essential workers
Water, sewer and broadband Infrastructure
In addition to hosting a public input meeting, the town will also prepare an online survey for town residents. This survey will be made available in the coming weeks.
ARPA was signed into law on March 11, 2021, in response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
Nationally, ARPA provides $1.9 trillion for continued COVID-19 response and recovery, including $350 billion for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
Approximately $113 billion is for Massachusetts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.