American Rescue Plan Local Fiscal Recovery Funds are being distributed, but several questions remain about how these funds can be spent. Local government units have many resources available to them as they make decisions about how to use this funding. For example, UNC School of Government (SOG) recently held a Basics of the American Rescue Plan course, which was a detailed look at all aspects of the Local Fiscal Recovery Funds legislation. SOG is also continuing to host weekly Office Hours, where local government units have the opportunity to hear the most recent ARPA updates and ask any questions they might have.
In addition to Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, we also know that the state received Fiscal Fiscal Recovery Funds. The NC House, Senate, and Governor are currently negotiating the details of the budget, but stay tuned for more information.
One piece of additional Federal legislation to keep an eye out for is the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act, which was passed by the Senate and has been introduced by the US House of Representatives for a vote. This legislation would strengthen the Fiscal Recovery Funds by providing state and local officials with the flexibility to invest funds in transportation, infrastructure, and government services. The National Association of Counties website hosts a table that contains official values from the US Senate of how much counties will be able to use towards transportation an infrastructure projects or government services under this bill.