AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) FUNDS
The City of Saginaw has established this webpage to help share the latest information regarding the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) with our community. We encourage you to check back to this page frequently for the latest news, information, and guidelines regarding the implementation of ARPA funds.
WHAT IS ARPA?
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. The $1.9 trillion package, based on President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, address its economic impact on the community, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. Saginaw has received $52 million to reinvest into the city.
The United States Department of Treasury continues to issue guidance on the allocation of these funds. The City of Saginaw will provide updates to the requirements for funding as federal guidance is received. For additional information, please see:
Quick Reference Guide:
https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRP-Quick-Reference-Guide-FINAL-508a.pdfTreasury Fact Sheet:
https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRP-Fact-Sheet-FINAL1-508A.pdfInterim Rule:https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-05-17/pdf/2021-10283.pdfU.S. Treasury American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) FAQshttps://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRPFAQ.pdfU.S. Treasury Final Rulehttps://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRF-Final-Rule.pdf
Final Rule Overview
ARPA AND THE FUTURE OF SAGINAW
The City of Saginaw has been designated as the recipient of $52 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act legislation. This federal relief package will allow the City of Saginaw to address problems caused by or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARPA funds allocated to Saginaw provide an opportunity to invest in community needs that were magnified by the pandemic, and to consider generational investments in public infrastructure.
In late June of 2021, the city received the first of two ARPA installments in the amount of $26,044,836. A second installment is anticipated in the same amount in the Spring/Summer of 2022. The city has until December 31, 2024, to obligate the funds and December 31, 2026, to spend the funds.
"We want to be sure we are staying within the bounds laid out by the federal government for the use of the funds, but that we are also focusing on programs and projects that are priorities for our residents and businesses. ARPA funding provides a unique opportunity to build on these priorities and invest in Saginaw’s people, neighborhoods, and businesses."
-- Mayor Brenda F. Moore
Saginaw can only allocate ARPA funds for the following:Respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impact
Provide premium pay for eligible essential workers, within caps
- Meet and address emergent public health needs
- Address economic harm resulting from or exacerbated by the public health emergency
- Provide additional support to eligible workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency in public sector roles.
Make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
- Provide government services to the extent of reduction in revenue experienced due to COVID-19
- Improve access to clean drinking water
- Support waste and storm water infrastructure
- Improve broadband access
Saginaw cannot allocate ARPA funds for the following:
Do not use money for pension contributions.Do not use money for replenishing budget stabilization funds, rainy day funds, or similar reserve accounts
Do not use money for legal settlements
Do not use money for outstanding debt payments
Improvement to Parks and Trails (Ojibway Island, Wickes Park, Iron Belle Trail, Riverfront Gateway, etc.)
Public Infrastructure (roads, sidewalk repairs, cemetery improvements, city facilities, water/sewer, technological, etc.)
Housing to Promote Neighborhood Revitalization (housing rehabilitation and repair, affordable housing, housing loan programs)
Crime and Fire Prevention
City Beautification (blight elimination, neighborhood cleanup, tree removal, curbside removal, grass cutting)
Economic Development Opportunities (grants to small businesses, facade improvements)
Healthcare Development to Increase Access to All
Increase Funding for Social Programs and Non-Profit Agencies
STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION: CLUSTER SESSION OUTCOME
On September 17, 2021, a Strategic Planning Session was held at the Temple Theatre, The City dedicated this strategy session to identify priority investment opportunities and review community survey results. The session served as a starting point for the city council's discussion on how to utilize this once-in-a-generation money. A cluster session was held with City Council to group together ideas for allocation based off the community survey results. To view the presentation materials, click here
. EXPENDITURE FOCUS AREAS
ARPA ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The purpose of the ARPA Advisory Committee is to provide input regarding potential projects or category spending for which the City of Saginaw may use ARPA funds. The role of the committee is to provide council with recommendations about funding allocations based on views from their communities of interest.
Resolution adopted by City Council establishing the ARPA Advisory Committee.
Hurley Coleman, Jr.
Grady Holmes, Jr.
Valerie ToneyARPA Advisory Committee Meeting Agendas and Approved MinutesARPA Committee Kickoff Presentation
to view the May Community Engagement Meeting Calendar.
to view Community Engagement Presentation.
Since March 2022, the ARPA Advisory Committee has worked diligently to develop the strategic funding plan below for the allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds. This funding plan reflects the community priorities established by City Council and will be used by City Council to consider potential projects or category spending for which the City of Saginaw may use ARPA funds.
The ARPA committee has taken great care with the ideas generated by the public to present City Council with a funding plan recommendation that is broad enough to work with while also backed up with clear explanations to help council make a solid final funding decision. This plan will be presented by Guidehouse at the Monday, August 29 City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m.
City Council will have final approval on the allocation of ARPA funds. Council will carefully review the information contained in this final report and begin to make funding decisions in the near future. Applicants will be contacted once funding decisions are finalized and approved by City Council.
ARPA ADVISORY COMMITTEE FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS--FINAL REPORT
to view funding recommendation report.
FURTHER READING: NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
In this section, we will provide updated reporting on how the City is applying ARPA funding. Included in these reports are project commitments, budgets, obligations and expenditures but most importantly, the criteria under which the projects are qualified and the populations impacted by funding.ARPA Funding Quarterly Analysis Report click here
Links for all ARPA related press releases:CITY PROVIDES AN UPDATE ON THE ALLOCATION OF ARPA FUNDS
CITY COUNCIL TO CONDUCT SINGLE SUBJECT SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS ARPA FUNDS
ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS: FINAL WEEK TO SUBMIT ARPA FUNDING IDEA OR FORMAL PROPOSAL THRHOUGH ONLINE PORTAL
ARPA ONLINE PORTAL EXTENSION
https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R590.phpCITY OF SAGINAW LAUNCHES ONLINE ARPA FUNDING PROPOSAL PORTAL AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R582.php CITY OF SAGINAW APPOINTS MEMBERS TO ARPA ADVISORY COMMITTEE
https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R521.phpCITY OF SAGINAW ADOPTS FORMATION OF ARPA ADVISORY COMMITTEE
https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R518.phpCITY COUNCIL TO HOST ARPA OPEN HOUSE EVENTS TO DISCUSS FUNDING ALLOCATION - NOVEMBER 2, 2021 AND NOVEMBER 5, 2021
CITY REMINDS CITIZENS OF SEPTEMBER 17 STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION
CITY PROVIDES OVERVIEW OF SEPTEMBER 17 STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION
FINAL WEEKEND TO COMPLETE THE OFFICIAL CITY SURVEY ON $52 MILLION IN ARPA FUNDS
RESIDENTS CAN PROVIDE INPUT ON HOW TO SPEND $52 MILLION IN ARPA FUND
CITY OF SAGINAW STATEMENT ON AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDINGhttps://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R291.php