City of Saginaw, Michigan


arpa-squareAMERICAN 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.pdf

Treasury Fact Sheet:
https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRP-Fact-Sheet-FINAL1-508A.pdf

Interim Rule:
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-05-17/pdf/2021-10283.pdf

U.S. Treasury American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) FAQs
https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRPFAQ.pdf


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


ARPA Brochure
ARPA-Brochure



City Council american rescue plan act (ARPA) Presentation video November 8, 2021 by plante moran


 




Saginaw can only allocate ARPA funds for the following:
Website-Icons-Yes-StickerRespond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impact
    • Meet and address emergent public health needs
    • Address economic harm resulting from or exacerbated by the public health emergency

Website-Icons-Yes-StickerProvide premium pay for eligible essential workers, within caps
    • Provide additional support to eligible workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency in public sector roles.

Website-Icons-Yes-StickerRevenue Loss
    • Provide government services to the extent of reduction in revenue experienced due to COVID-19

Website-Icons-Yes-Sticker Make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure
    • Improve access to clean drinking water
    • Support waste and storm water infrastructure
    • Improve broadband access


Saginaw cannot allocate ARPA funds for the following:
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Do not use money for pension contributions.


Website-Icons-No-StickerDo not use money for replenishing budget stabilization funds, rainy day funds, or similar reserve accounts



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Do not use  money for legal settlements



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Do not use money for outstanding debt payments



Allocation Options:
Idea IconImprovement to Parks and Trails (Ojibway Island, Wickes Park, Iron Belle Trail, Riverfront Gateway, etc.)
Idea IconPublic Infrastructure (roads, sidewalk repairs, cemetery improvements, city facilities, water/sewer, technological, etc.)
Idea IconHousing to Promote Neighborhood Revitalization (housing rehabilitation and repair, affordable housing, housing loan programs)
Idea IconCrime and Fire Prevention
Idea IconCity Beautification (blight elimination, neighborhood cleanup, tree removal, curbside removal, grass cutting)
Idea IconEconomic Development Opportunities (grants to small businesses, facade improvements)
Idea IconHealthcare Development to Increase Access to All
Idea IconIncrease 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
Cluster


REPORTING
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.


NEXT STEPS
The City fully expects there to be future meetings to allow additional public input and discussion of the next steps for the community. Additional meetings will be announced via press release as well as posted to this website and our social media accounts.

CITY COUNCIL TO HOST ARPA OPEN HOUSE EVENTS TO DISCUSS FUNDING ALLOCATION - NOVEMBER 2, 2021 AND NOVEMBER 5, 2021
https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R469.php




FURTHER READING: NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Links for all ARPA related press releases:



City of Saginaw Statement on American Rescue Plan Act Funding

https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R291.php

Residents Can Provide Input on How to Spend $52 Million in ARPA Funds
https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R392.php

Final Weekend to Complete the Official City Survey on $52 Million in ARPA Funds
https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R407.php

City Provides Overview of September 17 Strategic Planning Session
https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R412.php

City Reminds Citizens of September 17 Strategic Planning Session
https://www.saginaw-mi.com/news_detail_T5_R420.php

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