Polk

ARPA

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Public Input

Live Stream of 10/11 Public Forum


The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. In this law, state and local governments receive a total of $350 billion in assistance. Polk County is set to receive a total of $95.2 million.

Overview

The Board of Supervisors will focus on four key areas for long-term strategic investments: Affordable Housing, Economic Well-Being, Water Quality, and Mental Health

  • Polk County received first half of the $95.2 million in May 2021.
  • The second half will be received in May 2022.
  • Any reimbursements and costs must be incurred or obligated between March 3, 2021 and December 31, 2024 and spent by the end of 2026.
  • Use of Funds Requirements
    • Public Health Emergency,
    • Negative Economic Impacts caused by the pandemic,
    • Premium Pay for Essential Workers,
    • Replace lost public sector revenue caused by the pandemic
    • Water, Sewer, and Broadband Infrastructure
  • Funds cannot be used to reduce property taxes.

How to get involved

There are many ways to get involved in the public input process through an online survey, general comment & question section, or attending various public forums scheduled for fall/winter 2021/2022.

Click here to take ARPA survey

Click here to make a comment or ask a question.

*Survey & Comment forms will close December 31, 2021.

Public Forums

There will be five public forums scheduled. The initial forum will be to discuss anything related to Polk County and its use of ARPA funds. Each subsequent forum will be specific to each key area: Affordable Housing, Economic Well-Being, Water Quality, and Mental Health. 

First Public Forum

October 11, 6-8pm | Iowa Events Center, Room 302-303

Forum Livestream

Affordable Housing Public Forum - TBD

Economic Well-Being Public Forum - TBD

Water Quality Public Forum - TBD

Mental Health Forum - TBD

Board/Staff Discussions

Board/Staff Discussions will be conducted in-person at the Board Room at the Polk County Administration Building (111 Court Ave. Room 120, Des Moines, IA 50309) with a virtual option via Zoom. The discussion includes board members, board staff, and invited key stakeholders who will present. These meetings are open to the public and allow for public input during discussion. There will be a Board/Staff Discussion for each key area. Please check back in frequently as meeting dates get confirmed. Click here for all Board of Supervisors public meetings. 

Affordable Housing: Occurred on September 1, 2021.

Water Quality: November 10 at 9:30am. Click here for agenda.   

Economic Well-Being: December 8 at 9:30am. Click here for agenda.  

Mental Health: TBD

This website will be updated regularly with information and documents on the use of ARPA funds as well as ways for the public to get involved and provide input to the county.

Any questions may be directed to Sarah Boese, Director of Community Relations, at sarah.boese@polkcountyiowa.gov.