Boulder County Commissioners to hold Town Hall Thursday and seek ideas for spending federal COVID-19 recovery funds

Boulder County invites residents to join the County Council of Commissioners for a virtual town hall meeting Thursday night that will focus on how the county could spend the federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act that are arriving in the county, according to a press release.

Boulder County receives approximately $ 63.36 million in ARPA funds as part of the $ 1.9 billion allocated in federal law passed by Congress and enacted by President Joe Biden in March – funding intended to help federal, state and local government agencies to assist the public with recovery needs arising from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

During town hall Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., county commissioners and staff will explain how the funds work, what they can be used for, and ask the public for their ideas on how to use the funds.

People can register online to watch the Zoom webinar at . Some questions and live comments about ARPA will be taken during the meeting via the Zoom functions.

Further information on the American Rescue Plan Act and its implications for Boulder County can be found on a county web page,

This webpage says the county submitted a stimulus package performance report to the US Treasury Department last month on how Boulder County’s approach to using ARPA funds “will support a strong and equitable recovery, will respond to the public health emergency and negative economic impacts, and address race, health and economic disparities.

The county’s American Rescue Plan Act webpage also contains a link to a community survey that asks people to “give concrete ideas on how you think federal funding could support you and your family. family and your business ”.

Longmont and Boulder city councils and staff have also discussed how to spend the American Rescue Plan Act funding they receive. – in the case of Longmont, $ 12.97 million, and in Boulder, $ 20.15 million.

Under federal regulations, the money must be spent on:

  • Support urgent public health response efforts to COVID-19 to continue reducing the spread of the virus
  • Support the immediate economic stabilization of households and businesses
  • Address the systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the uneven impact of the pandemic
  • Replacing lost revenue for governments to strengthen vital public services and help keep jobs and
  • Make infrastructure investments in broadband, drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities.

County commissioners have already approved an initial allocation of $ 5 million for the immediate needs phase of the county’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, staff said, as part of a process designed to assess and respond to needs. immediate dissatisfaction with community and internal county operations as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency that was not funded in Boulder County’s annual budget cycle.

The first projects funded included the Workforce Boulder County call center and skills training services and supports, financial assistance to local nonprofit groups, homelessness services, stress mitigation services. COVID-19 at the Juvenile Assessment Center, affordable housing services to access emergency choice vouchers, support for workers affected by COVID-19 but unable to access unemployment insurance or other supports, as well as administrative support and a planning consultant.

Additional projects are under consideration, county officials said.

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