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File #: 21-0867    Name: American Rescue Plan Funding
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/16/2021 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 3/23/2021 Final action:
Title: Discussion of the American Rescue Plan Funding and a Proposed Process Timetable for Decision Making.
Attachments: 1. 21-0867_Presentation_ American Rescue Plan Act_Overview
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: MARCH 17, 2021

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Discussion of the American Rescue Plan Funding and a Proposed Process Timetable for Decision Making.
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ISSUE: Planning for the allocation of federal stimulus funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:
(1) Receive this report regarding the proposed process for developing an ARP spending plan,

(2) Direct the City Manager to consult with community stakeholders and then to develop a proposed final federal stimulus funding allocation plan for future Council consideration; and

(3) Utilize $450,000 in ARP funding, from April 1 to July 6 to serve as interim bridge funding for security, eviction prevention, and other emergency programs to keep safety net programs operating, until the July 6 City Council first year ARP allocation decisions are approved.

BACKGROUND: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has approved several relief packages to provide funding to federal, state and local governments and school districts to combat COVID-19 and to provide protective relief to the population. While the dollar size of the relief has been substantial, the CARES relief bill, approved early in the pandemic, was the only legislation that included direct aid to counties and cities. Since then, Congress approved additional COVID relief funding, but while those relief bills did provide some targeted support money that eventually found its way to local government, none of that legislation provided direct aid to local governments. The provision of direct state and local aid had largely become a partisan issue. However, the change in control of the U.S. Senate and the Executive Branch changed the political balance, and on March 10, President Biden signed into law ...

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