On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 into law. The $1.9 trillion package, based on President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts. ARPA allocates hundreds of billions of dollars for public health and vaccines, assistance for vulnerable populations, education and housing stabilization, economic recovery assistance and direct assistance for families and individuals.
As part of the $362 billion in federal fiscal recovery aid for state and local governments, Tyler County has been allocated $4,209,532.00 through the Coronavirus State Federal Funding the CFSLS as referred to as ARPA funding. These funds are intended to provide support to our local government in responding to the impact of COVID-19 and to assist our local leaders’ efforts to contain COVID-19 in our communities, residents, and businesses. The Tyler County Commissioners’ Court have identified the following expense categories, as defined by the department of Treasury, as priority spending of the ARPA funds: Public Health, Negative Economic Impacts, Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities, Premium Pay, Infrastructure, Revenue Replacement, and Administrative Cost.
Attorney General Opinion - September 20, 2022