On July 16, NACo submitted comments on the U.S. Treasury’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Since the enactment of the ARPA, America's counties have been working hard to develop implementation plans that will help spur an equitable economic recovery across the nation. Local governments are using these critical recovery funds to invest in public safety, vaccine distribution, housing and rental assistance, local economic support, economic and workforce development, broadband expansion, social safety-net services, hospitality and tourism development and hazard pay for public employees.
Since the U.S. Treasury IFR was published, NACo surveyed our membership to identify outstanding questions on eligible uses, desired spending and implementation of the Recovery Fund. Over the last two months, we have received over 1,000 questions, comments, recommendations and case studies from hundreds of counties across the country, which helped shape NACo’s comments submitted to the U.S. Treasury.