About the American Rescue Plan Act
On March 11, 2021 President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). The SLFRF provided $350 billion to state, local, and tribal governments across the U.S. to support response and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The SLFRF funding was divided among five categories, with funding allocated based on population: States and D.C., Counties, Cities, Territories, and NEUs. The Town is categorized as a Non-Entitlement Unit of local government (NEU), which are populations with less than 50,000. The NEU category was allocated $19.5 billion of the $350 billion allocated within the SLFRF program. The Town is slated to receive a total of $949,560.76.
The U.S. Treasury issued an Interim Final Rule on May 17, 2021, which provided recipients with guidelines on how the SLFRF funds could be used. Due to those regulations, the Town was limited at the time in what areas those funds could be used. The Treasury’s issuance of the Final Rule on January 6, 2022, provided needed clarity and greater flexibility in how recipients could use the funds.
The SLFRF program provides substantial flexibility for each jurisdiction to meet local needs within four separate eligible use categories:
- Replace lost public sector revenue
- Respond to far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic
- Provide premium pay for essential workers
- Invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure
Town of Occoquan Plan
Through the passage of ARPA, the Town of Occoquan has been allocated $949,560.76 in two equal allotments. The first allotment was received in June 2021 and the second allotment is expected by June 2022. Funds must be used by December 31, 2024 and fully expended by December 31, 2026. The Town must also meet annual reporting requirements throughout the duration of the program through December 31, 2026.
Plan Development Process
Now that the Final Rule has been issued and greater flexibility granted, the Town Council and staff are working to develop a Spending Plan, with input from the community. Staff has worked to develop a potential projects list, focused generally on outstanding infrastructure and capital needs that generally have significant capital costs and are one-time costs. The plan does not include recurring costs or ongoing operating costs since this is a one-time infusion of funds. The Town is currently in the process of obtaining feedback and guidance from the Town Council and community in order to refine and finalize a viable spending plan.
January 6, 2022 – U.S. Treasury Issues Final Rule
February 15, 2022 – Staff presents draft Potential Projects List to Town Council
March 1, 2022 – Town Council hosts Community Town Hall to obtain feedback on draft Potential Projects List – View the Presentation
April 5, 2022 – Staff presents revised Potential Projects List based on community and Town Council feedback – View the Presentation
June 21, 2022 – Next Scheduled Update with Town Council
Current List of Potential Projects with Projected Estimates – March 1, 2022
March 1, 2022 Town Hall Feedback
Below is a general summary of the overall community feedback received during the March 1, 2022 Town Hall. This list is not all-inclusive.
- Add Sidewalk on McKenzie Drive
- Add Sidewalk on Washington Street (connecting to Riverview Lane, beyond town line)
- Support for stormwater improvements
- Support for completion of Riverwalk (from existing behind Gaslight Landing to future expansion behind Mill at Occoquan)
- Support for Playground at River Mill Park
- Support for Gaslight Conversion to Electric
- Support for Gateway Improvement projects
- Support for energy efficiency improvements at Town Hall
For questions, contact the Town Manager.