Kane County Sets Timeline to Disburse $103 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds

Kane County Sets Timeline to Disburse $103 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds

The Kane County Board at its Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, meeting.

The Kane County Board on Tuesday (Aug. 10, 2021) approved the selection process to hire a consulting firm and project manager to ensure compliance with the legal and regulatory requirements related to the disbursement of $103 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Kane County Board Chair Corinne Pierog

“We cannot rush this process,” said Kane County Board Chair Corinne Pierog. “Before we make any decisions regarding the American Rescue Plan funds or how much money will be allocated to those eligible, we must first ensure proper management and fiscal oversight of the entire process. These initial steps are critical to ensure that all voices are heard and that we have in place a fair and proper process.”

The ARPA, signed into law on March 11, 2021, is designed to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and its economic and social impacts.  Kane County received the first half ($51.7 million) of the funds in May of this year and will receive the other half in May of 2022.

Funds received may be awarded to cover eligible costs incurred related to the pandemic from March 3, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2024.  Kane County is responsible for allocating the U.S. Department of Treasury funds by Dec. 31, 2024.

Specifically, the ARPA cites four main categories that qualify as an eligible use of funds:

  1. Response to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impact;
  2. Provision of premium pay to eligible workers performing essential work;
  3. Recoupment of lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public emergency;
  4. Investment in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.

American Rescue Plan Act Committee Chair Jarett Sanchez

Kane County Board member and chairman of the American Rescue Plan Act Committee Jarett Sanchez said the county is open to supporting any number of organizations and programs whose resources have been strained during the pandemic.

“We’re looking into ways to support, for example, evidence-based programs provided by local area non-profits and social service providers, expanded broadband access in Kane County, and bolster local tourism,” Sanchez said.

In addition, Sanchez said an online application portal will be in place soon so that social service organizations can apply for community support grants.

“Community support grants will go a long way to addressing the short-term, immediate needs of the community by providing some relief to social service organizations,” Sanchez said.

In addition to the four broad categories outlined by the ARPA that qualify for funding, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued an Interim Final Rule on May 17, 2021, that provides details on how the money can and cannot be used.  Click here to see the full Department of the Treasury report.

For example, in the category of recoupment of lost revenue due to COVID-19 public emergency, the IFR states that the funds can be used for a broad number of government services including, but not limited to, infrastructure needs allowable by the act; modernization of cybersecurity; health services; environmental remediation; school or educational services; and police, fire and other public safety service.

“There are many organizations, projects and programs worthy of support,” Pierog said. “By putting the time in now, we can ensure the funds are spent appropriately and that the supported initiatives will have long-term benefits for all of our residents.”

SOURCE: News release from the office of Kane County Board Chair Corrine Pierog