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ARPA is an acronym for the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides funding to address the pandemic. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, a part of the American Rescue Plan, delivers $350 billion to state, local, and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The federal government allows local governments that lost revenue (lost taxes, utility payments, etc.) during the COVID-19 pandemic to use ARPA funds, up to the amount of revenue lost, for "government services." This category is extremely discretionary and allows the funds to be used for any service traditionally provided by a government. Treasury’s Final Rule allowed local governments to claim a standard allowance of $10 million in lost revenue. The City of Missoula took this standard allowance, and you’ll see the “government services” language in the “City Operations” category on this website.
The federal government intended ARPA funding to help:
For more info on guidelines, visit Treasury’s SLFRF website.
As a “metro city” with a population over 50,000, the City of Missoula received a direct allocation from the U.S. Treasury. Great Falls and Billings were the other two cities in Montana who received a direct allocation (other Montana cities receive their ARPA funding through the State). We received half of our total direct allocation in May 2021, and the other half in May 2022.
The City of Missoula received $14,192,996 directly. Additional funds outside our allocation include $13,018,234 for infrastructure and public works and $1,323,209 in HOME funds that to assist with housing, rental assistance, and similar programs.
Treasury’s guidelines, and City priorities within those guidelines, have shaped our use of ARPA funding. The City of Missoula allocated approximately half of our ARPA funding in our FY22 budget process (approved by City Council at their 8/23/21 meeting). The City will budget the remainder of our ARPA direct allocation as part of our upcoming Fiscal Year 2023 budget process.