American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
Welcome to the City of Citrus Heights' landing page for information related to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Use the buttons below to learn more about the City's one-time federal funding for COVID-19 economic relief and recovery. The City recently closed its ARPA Community Needs Survey, click the button below to view the results.
Citrus Heights staff applied for ARPA funds as soon as applications opened and the City was one of the first in the region to receive its funding. Citrus Heights is slated to receive a total of $15,676,972 from the Federal Government for COVID-19 relief and economic recovery. The first half of the funds ($7,838,486) was received on May 19, 2021, with the second payment anticipated in May 2022.
As with all outside funds, ARPA dollars must be spent on specific projects as outlined by the U.S. Treasury. While currently in draft form, ARPA guidelines outline the following main categories for eligible spending:
- Support public health
- Address COVID-19 economic impacts
- Replace lost public sector revenue
- Provide premium pay for essential workers
- Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure for underserved communities
Given the complexities of the ARPA guidelines and the importance of making the most out of this unprecedented, one-time outside funding, City staff have recommended a phased approach to ARPA spending in Citrus Heights:
- [COMPLETED] Phase 1:Under the direction of Interim City Manager Chris Boyd, staff proposed an amendment to the Police Department budget, to utilize one-time ARPA funds to restore 22 positions for Fiscal Years 21/22 and 22/23.
- On June 24, City Council unanimously approved the budget amendment, utilizing $5.3 million of the City's ARPA funding to re-instate 22 positions within the Police Department, bringing staffing levels back to a pre-pandemic level.
- [UNDERWAY] Phase 2: City staff are currently working on a Business COVID Recovery Grant program, based on Council feedback from the Nov. 10, 2021 workshop, and incoming survey feedback from local businesses.
- Phase 3: Aligned with the City's second installment of ARPA funds, which is anticipated in Spring of 2022, Phase 3 will include Council review, approval, and implementation of programs to support guideline-approved areas, including but not limited to: homeless prevention, blight abatement, and housing/resident support.
- Phase 4: Once ARPA guidelines are finalized and the City's Phase 2 and 3 programs are underway, City staff will calculate final "revenue loss" per U.S. Treasury's specific equation and present recommendations for that limited portion of ARPA funds, which may include infrastructure allocations.