Counties Submit Comments on Treasury’s Interim Final Rule for Fiscal Recovery Fund

The National Association of Counties (NACo) last week submitted comments on the US Department of the Treasury’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Since the enactment of the ARPA, counties have been working hard to develop implementation plans that will help spur an equitable economic recovery across the nation. Local governments are using these critical recovery funds to invest in…

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Anne Arundel Asks for Community Input On ARPA Funds

Survey seeks community guidance on investing funds to create economic opportunities and promote health and wellness initiatives. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today announced a community survey to help guide the County’s use of federal Fiscal Recovery Funds authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides a total of $65.1 billion in flexible, direct funding to every county in America. “I want to thank residents, nonprofit leaders, and other stakeholders for their…

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Dollars and Sense: Budgeting in a Post-COVID World

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. As counties determine how to invest ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to foster a swift and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, they face the risk that spending will increase to levels that will prove impossible to…

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Mayor Scott Establishes Office to Manage Historic ARPA Investment

Today, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott established the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs to manage a historic $640 million investment through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). As previously reported on Conduit Street, ARPA provides $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, along with other critical investments in local communities. The Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs will be responsible for administering all aspects of ARPA funding and regularly reporting to the federal…

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Hogan Announces $13.5M in Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards

Governor Larry Hogan announced $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants for Fiscal Year 2022 to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state.  “Boating is not just an important part of our history and our culture, it is also an important part of Maryland’s economy,” said Governor Hogan. “The announcement of these new grants is yet another shining example that Maryland is open for business, open for summer, and open…

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Local Election Officials: Fund New Pollbooks 50/50 State/County

Today, the Maryland Association of Election Officials (MAEO) and the Montgomery County Board of Elections sent letters urging that a pending funding request for new electronic pollbooks follow the same 50/50 state/county funding split as other comparable equipment since 2001. The State Board of Elections plans to replace electronic pollbooks -- which are used to check in voters at polling places across the state -- in time for the 2022 election cycle. While the State…

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Howard Aims to Tackle Achievement Gap Through HoCo STRIVES

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced $750,000 for HoCo STRIVES in fiscal 2022 -- an 88% increase over the fiscal 2021 budget -- to tackle the achievement gap for Howard County students. Launded in 2018, the HoCo STRIVES (Strategies To Reach an Inclusive Vision and Equitable Solutions) program serves as an umbrella for several initiatives that engage community partners to ensure all Howard County children and youth can succeed in school. The program provides…

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Understanding Eligible Uses of ARPA Funds: How to Calculate Revenue Loss

On May 10, the US Department of the Treasury released its Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides a total of $65.1 billion in flexible, direct funding to every county in America. Counties may use Fiscal Recovery Funds to replace lost revenue for a broad range of government services, programs, and projects outside of explicit eligible uses of recovery…

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Treasury Releases ARPA Reporting Requirements

Join the US Department of the Treasury for a briefing on new ARPA reporting requirements. The US Department of the Treasury today released Compliance and Reporting Guidance (Reporting Guidance) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Recovery Fund), authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. The guidance provides additional detail and clarification for counties’ compliance and reporting responsibilities under the Recovery Fund. Treasury will host the following briefings for counties regarding the new…

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Understanding Eligible Uses of ARPA Funds: Water and Sewer Infrastructure

As counties determine how to invest their ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to foster a swift and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting a series of information sessions to examine the various eligible uses outlined in Treasury’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the program. NACo Webinar: Understanding Eligible Uses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund: Water and Sewer Infrastructure This webinar will focus on how counties…

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