The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners is gathering input from citizens as the board plans for spending its American Rescue Plan funding.
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. The ARP includes $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.
Cumberland County’s allocation is $65 million. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has established eligible uses for the funding and published an Interim Final Rule.
Eligible uses of funds include:
- Support public health expenditures.
Fund COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and address disparities for health outcomes.
- Address negative economic impacts.
Respond to economic impact to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector.
- Provide premium pay for essential workers.
Offer additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors.
- Invest in water and sewer infrastructure.
Make necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water and invest in sewer infrastructure.
- Invest in broadband infrastructure.
Make necessary investments to provide unserved or underserved locations with new or expanded broadband service.
Funds can be used to cover eligible costs incurred between March 3, 2021, and Dec 31, 2024. Funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024, and expended by December 31, 2026.
In-person American Rescue Plan Citizen Input Meetings
|July 13||5:30 p.m.||Meeting with Mayors’ Coalition, Department of Social Services|
|July 15||6 p.m. ||Spring Lake Family Resource Center, 103 Laketree Blvd., Spring Lake|
|July 20||6 p.m.||Godwin Community Building, 4924 Markham St, Godwin|
|July 22||6 p.m.||J.D. Pone Recreation Center, 2964 School Road, Hope Mills|
|July 27||6 p.m.||Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey St., Fayetteville|
Joint meeting with City of Fayetteville
Virtual American Rescue Plan Public Input Session
|July 29||6 p.m. ||Log in information will be posted on the website |