American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Story County and the American Rescue Plan Act

Story County is to receive $18.9 million in total funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (also known as ARP; ARPA; Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds; CSLFRF; and other names). Funds must be obligated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. Story County government will receive 50% of the funds in 2021 and the other half in 2022. This timeline is set by the Federal government.

Throughout the pandemic, counties have served on the front lines in our communities. We have leveraged essential federal investments to help curtail the virus. We have taken many steps to serve our most vulnerable residents, including our seniors, children, unemployed, sick, and front-line workers. 

This one-time federal government aid represents an historic investment in counties on the front lines of our nation’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The direct, flexible funding will improve the quality of life for the people living, learning, and working in Story County, provide for immediate recovery needs, and create a long-term investment in Story County’s future.

  1. American Rescue Plan Act
  2. Guidance for the Use of the ARPA Funds

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. It is meant to speed up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding package builds upon the CARES Act from March 2020 and its extension in December 2020. ARPA provides a total of $350 billion in assistance for eligible state and local governments to respond to the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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On Tuesday, January 25, 2022, the Story County Board of Supervisors reviewed projects along with proposed funding amounts for those applications deemed eligible by the Board of Supervisors based on the final guidelines from the U.S. Treasury. The Board acted to preliminarily approve projects and directed staff to begin the process of developing necessary contracts and appropriate documents. UPDATE - amounts and projects were updated following Board action on April 5, 2022.

The Board approved nearly $11 million in funding for:
Water Quality and Wastewater Projects - $4,299,110 to Cambridge, Collins, Colo, Huxley, Nevada, Roland, Slater, Story City, Story County Conservation and Zearing
Projects Addressing Negative Economic Impacts (Housing, Food Insecurity, Childcare and other Social Services) - $4,250,311 to ACCESS, Boys and Girls Club, City of Collins, Good Neighbor, Home Allies, Nevada Food at First, Primary Health Care, Project Iowa, Story County Housing Trust Fund, United Way, Whistle Stop Child Care and YSS

Public Health Response - $2,177,500  for safety and accessibility of County operations

In previous Board actions, funding was approved for workforce retraining initiatives, and funds were identified to assist local broadband providers. With all projects, the Board has approved over $11.8 million.

Water Quality and Wastewater Projects
CollinsWater Infrastructure Project $340,000 
CollinsWastewater System Revitalization Project $277,500 
CambridgeStorm Sewer Extension $250,000 
Story CityLine Sewer Mains, replace Aging Water Mains $302,500 
HuxleyWater Treatment Plant Expansion and Well Field $500,000 
SlaterWastewater Treatment Facility $500,000 
RolandStorm Sewer Upgrades and Water Main Looping $1,000,000 
NevadaProject Uplift $120,000 
ColoNew Affordable Housing Subdivision $249,780 
ZearingWater Main Improvements (Engineering) $134,330 
ConservationHickory Grove Wastewater System $535,000 
ConservationEdge of Field Nutrient Removal Practices $40,000 
ConservationStreambank Stabilization- South Skunk River $50,000 
Projects Addressing Negative Economic Impacts
YSSYouth Rapid Rehousing Program $1,100,000 
ACCESSCrime Victim Housing and Stabilization $552,900 
Home AlliesDuff Avenue Studio Apartments $68,200 
Story County Housing TrustHousing and Direct Care Program $470,000 
CollinsEconomic Relief Program (Food Program only) $54,400 
Nevada Food at FirstPromote Nutritional Security in Eastern Story Co. $45,650 
United WayEmergency Food and 2-1-1 Supports $182,610 
Whistle Stop Child CarePay for Childcare Workers $250,000 
United WayRecruiting and Pay for Childcare Workers $521,300 
Boys and Girls ClubRebuilding Great Futures for Story County Kids $275,000 
Good Neighbor Navigator Position $104,857 
Project IowaCultivating Careers $100,000 
Primary Health CareDental Clinic Support, Medical Clinic Office Renovations $525,094 
Public Health Response
Facilities ManagementPermanent Front Counter Barriers $152,500 
Facilities ManagementJustice Center HVAC Replacement Phases 2 & 3 $1,347,000 
Facilities ManagementHuman Services Center HVAC equipment replacement $468,000 
Sheriff's OfficeCovid Testing Equipment for Story County Jail $20,000 
Recorder's OfficeRecorder backscanning $125,000
Auditor's OfficeDigitization of BOS Minutes $15,000 
Totals $10,726,921