American Rescue Plan Act
We want your feedback on this one-time opportunity to make a lasting impact on your community!
The role of the American Rescue Plan Act Funds in Apex are intended to make large-scale, positive impacts in our community. These funds have often been referred to as "once in a lifetime ". The Town of Apex needs your feedback on how to use these funds, and invest in projects that make a long lasting, significant, and lifetime changing impact.
Join us for Q&A Sessions
Learn more about ARPA and share your feedback on how the town should use this funding during one of these sessions:
- February 9th, 5 - 6 pm (Access the virtual meeting)
- February 10th, 12 - 1pm (Access the virtual meeting)
- February 16th, 11:00 - 1pm (in person at the Apex Senior Center, 63 Hunter Street)
- Community Engagement (current phase)
- Build out Project Proposals
- Proposal Review and Approval
- Funds Provided for Approved Projects
Town of Apex ARPA
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ARPA?
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law, and established the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which together make up the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (“SLFRF”) program. These funds are in response to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19 and in their efforts to contain impacts on their communities, residents, and businesses. Funding from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds is subject to the requirements specified in the Final Rule adopted by Treasury on January 6, 2022.
How can ARPA money be spent?
US Treasury identified 4 general buckets for approved uses of the SLFRF funds. These are replace lost public sector revenue, respond to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic, provide premium pay for essential workers, and invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. However, all ARPA funds must also follow North Carolina law for approved expenditures for Towns which limits some of the provisions allowed by the Federal Government. Both US Treasury Rules and NC State laws must be followed for all of the awarded funds.
I heard Apex received ARPA money from both the US Treasury and the State budget, why?
The US Treasury allocated $5.2 million in SLFRF funds to the Town of Apex. Other similar size communities received significantly more funds from the US Treasury. North Carolina elected state officials recognized the discrepancy and in response have allocated an additional $11.5 million to the Town of Apex to hold the Town harmless of the discrepancy between the Town of Apex and similar size communities within the State. The Town of Huntersville, NC was in a similar situation and received the same response from the State.
What are the ineligible uses of ARPA funds?
The Town of Apex can not use ARPA funds to offset a reduction in net tax revenue, make deposits into pension funds, pay for debt or replenish Town reserves, pay settlements and judgements, or for any use that undermine COVID-19 mitigation practices in line with CDC guidance and recommendations.
Where can I read more about ARPA rules?
The US Department of the Treasury website dedicated to explain the American Rescue Plan and the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program can be found at the website linked here. From this website you can also access the ARPA Final Rule, Overview of the Final Rule, and other resources.