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Polk County Commits Additional $36 Million Toward Community Investment

Published 7/27/2022 9:20:48 AM

Polk County Commits Additional $36 Million Toward Community Investment

ARPA Funding Used to Enhance Quality of Life and Infrastructure in Polk County.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa – On Tuesday, The Polk County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved more than $36 million dollars of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds in what is the largest single investment to date toward human and physical infrastructure needs in the community.  The investment nearly wraps up the allocation of the $95 million dollars Polk County received from the American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed by the United States Congress in 2021.

 

The allotment of funds approved on Tuesday comes after a year of gathering input from the public and community stakeholders. In the summer of 2021, the Board of Supervisors identified four priority areas that the funds would target. Those include; affordable housing, water quality, mental health and economic stability. The funds approved on Tuesday include investments in each of those four priority areas totaling $36,800,000.

 

Polk County Board Chair Angela Connolly says, “Our investments focus on expanding access to critical services, creating system-wide changes, promoting non-profit collaboration and demonstrating effective interventions. I am proud of the extraordinary amount of work that went into this effort to identify initiatives that will have a lasting impact on our community. We want to be able to look back in ten years and know that these funds were used to make real change.”

 

Key highlights of those receiving funding include; $11 million for down payment assistance and major home repairs, over $9 million for mental health service infrastructure,  and over $11 million for water quality projects including ICON water trails and other wetland and water quality projects.

 

For a complete list of projects issued and/or earmarked for ARPA funds from Polk County from Tuesday’s resolution, visit:

https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/umbraco/Api/BoardMinutesAttachmentsApi/GetAttachment?meetingId=2163&attachmentType=Agenda

 

To view or utilize video of Tuesday’s board meeting visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii8KBnSuc7U&t=191s