The City Council voted to allocate $154.3 million from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds in accordance with the American Rescue Plan Act requirements to shift from a relief approach to a recovery focus.
“The allocation of the ARPA funding will allow our community to continue fighting the pandemic, while also providing key resources to support our families; maintaining vital public services such as the crisis intervention support and broadband expansion; and investing in the City’s economic growth through small and local businesses,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.
With today’s approval the Council voted to fund the following projects and services:
- Public Health and Safety Response: Testing and Vaccination
- New/Enhanced Health Programs
- Public Health Relocation
- New/Enhanced Fire Programs
- P-25 Radio Communications Infrastructure
- Body-Worn Cameras
- City Watch Expansion (Surveillance Cameras)
- Mobile Command
- Crisis Intervention Team expansion
- Support for Homelessness
- Support of Families
- Community Vulnerability
- Sports Court Reconstruction & Resurfacing and Playground Replacement
- Broadband “Last Mile” (expand city backbone to areas 54% below the poverty line)
- Economic Recovery: Business Grants and Local Business Support
Since April 2020, the City has received almost $400 million in federal funds, from 11 different agencies, with principal funding:
- In April 2020, the City received $119 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CARES) to respond directly to the public health emergency
- May 2021/2022, the City will receive $154.3 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARPA) to fight the pandemic, support families, maintain vital public services and make investments that support long-term growth.