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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

On March 11, 2021, the federal government passed a $1.9 trillion federal economic stimulus bill intended to build on the 2020 CARES Act. ARPA included direct benefits to individuals and families, separate from funding to government agencies.

The City of Ferndale was allocated $4.15 million total in two equal “tranches:” one in 2021 (already received), and the second and final in 2022. Funds must be expended by December 31, 2024.

Whatcom County was allocated $44 million as part of ARPA and the City will be requesting some of those funds be spent in Ferndale

Interim guidance on expenditures has been provided by the US Treasury Department, and additional guidance, best practices, and concepts are anticipated as time goes on.

At its most basic level, eligible ARPA expenditures include:

  • COVID response (similar to CARES, generally associated with the direct response to the pandemic and including such things as PPE, assistance to heavily impacted populations, business assistance, social assistance, education assistance, etc.)
  • Essential workers response
  • Government services/reduction in revenue
  • Investments in infrastructure (water, sewer, stormwater infrastructure, broadband)

Below are a number of funding proposals for how to spend the ARPA funds. Some will be requests will be made to the County, some will be considered as part of Ferndale’s budget. This webpage is intended as a repository for all the ARPA related information.

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