St. Louis County has received approximately $27.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, and expects to receive the same amount in 2022, for a total of $54,536,596.
The County Board and staff developed a conceptual framework of how best to use these funds to help citizens and communities within St. Louis County. Commissioners approved this framework at their meeting on October 26, 2021.
ARPA funds are required to be used to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts through four categories of uses:
- To respond to the public health emergency;
- Addressing its negative economic impacts;
- Serving the hardest hit;
- Improving access to water, sewer or broadband infrastructure
ARPA funds may NOT be used to:
- Offset a tax cut
- Deposit in pension funds
- Bolster rainy day funds
- Pay debt service
To date, the tentative plans for use of ARPA funds are as follows: