ARPA- American Rescue Plan

The Final ARPA Resident Engagement Meetings will be at October 20 at 6:30 p.m. and October 21 at 10 a.m. at the Cosmosphere, 1100 N. Plum St. The meetings will be 90-minute facilitated discussions, and the public is invited.

The American Rescue Plan will deliver $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and bring back jobs.

Local Fiscal Recovery Amounts
Reno County - $12,042,385.00Abbyville - $12,895.06
Hutchinson - $6,126,367.85Plevna - $14,867.25
South Hutchinson - $377,446.03Arlington - $68,116.27
Buhler - $193,881.04Partridge - $36,409.59
Nickerson - $151,403.19Sylvia - $31,099.85
Haven - $180,227.45Willowbrook - $12,895.06
Pretty Prairie - $98,457.59Langdon - $6,219.97
Turon - $56,283.15The Highlands - $47,635.87

Use of Funds

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures. For example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet

Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.

Delivery of Funds to Local Governments

Local governments will receive funds in two tranches, with 50% provided beginning in May 2021 and the balance delivered approximately 12 months later. States that have experienced a net increase in the unemployment rate of more than 2 percentage points from February 2020 to the latest available data as of the date of certification will receive their full allocation of funds in a single payment; other states will receive funds in two equal tranches. Governments of U.S. territories will receive a single payment. Tribal governments will receive two payments, with the first payment available in May and the second payment, based on employment data, to be delivered in June 2021.

ARPA Taskforce

To help engage as many voices as possible, a task force of representatives (the ARPA Taskforce) from organizations serving Reno County, along with elected officials and public officials, have formulated a bold plan of conducting approximately 60 community listening sessions throughout Hutchinson and Reno County to determine how residents would prioritize spending American Rescue Plan Act Fiscal Recovery Funds earmarked for Reno County.

Input collected from the meetings will then be presented to the LEADCOMM team at Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership Studies, who will synthesize the findings in a final report to be presented this fall for consideration by Reno County governing bodies as they make the ultimate decisions on how ARPA funds should be spent.

The Reno County Board of Commissioners signed a resolution on September 14, 2021, stating that it is the intent of the BOCC to receive, review and to provide due consideration of all of the recommendations submitted by the ARPA Taskforce prior to this Board making any decision on the prioritization and distribution of ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds.