American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
The City of Grants Pass received $9.37 million in ARPA funds. The funds must be spent or allocated by 2024 to respond to immediate public health and financial stability needs, support households, workers and business that were hit hardest by the pandemic. The funds are also intended to be used to make strategic long-term infrastructure investments for a strong economic and equitable recovery. For more information about the ARPA program, please visit U.S. Treasury at: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus.
The City is allocating $3 million of the $9.37 million to the Water Capital Fund which will help to offset currently scheduled water rate increases. Details on the long-term economic benefits of using this portion of funds on the water treatment plant can be found in these documents:
- Long Term Economic Benefit Information on using ARPA Funds on Water Treatment Plant - English Version PDF.
- Long Term Economic Benefit Information on using ARPA Funds on Water Treatment Plant - Spanish Version PDF
The table below identifies how the funds have been allocated for use as June 13, 2022.
|American Rescue Plan Funds Allocation||Allocated Funds||Expended Funds|
|Eligible Water Capital Projects*|
-Water Treatment Plant
|Affordable Housing Project|
-Josephine Housing Council & Housing Authority of Jackson County multi-family development
|Urban Growth Boundary Infrastructure |
-Treated as reimbursement districts with funds returning to affordable housing fund
|Portland Loo Baker Park||$270,000||$49,727|
|Public Safety Communications Repeater||$200,000|
*Projects listed are examples of potential projects
The City Council requested a survey of all households and registered businesses in the City of Grants Pass to gather input from the community on how to prioritize spending the ARPA funds.
The survey was mailed on September 27th and 28th to all households and businesses asking people to share their ideas and priorities for the remaining $6.37 million of ARPA funds. For information about the U.S. Treasury summary for eligible uses at: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRP-Fact-Sheet-FINAL1-508A.pdf
The survey closed on October 22, 2021, at 11:59 pm.