Cascade County allocates more than $13M in ARPA COVID relief

The Cascade County Fee on Tuesday approved a resolution allocating more than $13 million in American Rescue System Act (ARPA) resources presented by the federal government to mitigate the economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Commissioner Joe Briggs explained the decisions on how to expend the revenue have taken up a lot of commission and employees time, including a 6-hour meeting on Monday to finalize the resolution.

The community region obtained $38 million in ARPA cash, claimed Commissioner Don Ryan, and the county had $15.8 million to spend on local community jobs.

“It was the perception by the County Commission that this is the community’s dollars, it’s not ours,” said Ryan.

ARPA policies condition the county can only invest the resources in four places: To change revenues misplaced thanks to COVID-19, premium pay out for personnel, community well being reaction and detrimental impacts on journey and tourism, and broadband, sewer and water infrastructure.