American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)
Citrus Heights staff applied for ARPA funds as soon as applications opened and the City was one of the first in the region to receive its funding. Citrus Heights is slated to receive a total of $15,676,972 from the Federal Government for COVID-19 relief and economic recovery. The first half of the funds ($7,838,486) was received on May 19, 2021. The U.S. Treasury has
provided notification that the final payment of $7,838,486 is currently being processed as of May 26, 2022.
ARPA Utilization Timeline:
Given the complexities of the ARPA guidelines and the importance of making the most out of this unprecedented, one-time outside funding, City staff have recommended a phased approach to ARPA spending in Citrus Heights, Following is a timeline of the American Rescue Plan Act and associated Citrus Heights actions
March 11, 2021
President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law. The $1.9 trillion financial package is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including public health and economic impacts with $350 billion allocated specifically to support local governments.
June 24, 2021
City Council unanimously approved the budget amendment, utilizing $5.3 million of the City's ARPA funding to re-instate 22 positions within the Police Department, bringing staffing levels back to a pre-pandemic level.
As ARPA interim guidelines were finalized, city staff issued a community survey to capture resident data on community priorities as Citrus Heights worked toward COVID recovery and continued resilience.
January 6, 2022
US Treasury releases final American Rescue Plan Act guidelines
February 14, 2022
City staff launched the "ARPA COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Grant Program", based on Council feedback from the Nov. 10, 2021 workshop, recent City Council meetings, and survey feedback from local businesses. Click here to learn about the City's ARPA COVID-19 Recovery Small Business Grant Program.
May 10, 2022
At the City Council Strategic Planning Retreat, city staff presented a Background Memorandum with 49 policy and program recommendations and enhancements to advance community priority areas, many leveraging ARPA funding. These recommendations were informed by extensive community engagement and feedback and aggregated into four key focus areas:
- Community Image
- Economic Development
- Community Connection
- Infrastructure Maintenance
A total of 29 Six-Month Strategic Objectives that were adopted at the May Strategic Planning Retreat.
May 26, 2022
City Council unanimously adopted the recent strategic planning report as the core two-year work plan utilizing American Rescue Plan Act funding to address community needs and priorities.
Staff also presented information and cost on the first four programs for implementation from the recently approved strategic objectives. Programs included the startup and implementation of a Beautification Crew, a Citrus Heights Block Party Trailer, Police Department Replacement Vehicles, and Public Safety Communications Center critical needs.