American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) Investments

Signed into law on March 11, 2021, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) provides $350 billion in additional funding for state and local governments. The law is intended to help states and municipalities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Needham is expected to receive a total of $9,199,175 from the state and Norfolk County. More information about how Needham is investing those funds is below. 

Eligible uses of these funds include:

  • Revenue replacement for the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, relative to the revenues collected in the most recent fiscal year prior to the emergency;
  • COVID-19 expenditures or negative economic impacts of COVID-19. including assistance to small businesses, households, and hard-hit industries, and economic recovery;
  • Premium pay for essential workers;
  • Investments in sewer, water, and broadband infrastructure.

Restrictions on the uses of these funds include:

  • Funds allocated to states cannot be used to directly or indirectly offset tax reductions or delay a tax or tax increase; 
  • Funds cannot be deposited into any pension fund
  • Funding must be obligated by the end of calendar year 2024 and spent by the end of calendar year 2026. 
ARPA Investments (3)

Information below updated as of 3/22/22

Category of Spending Description   Total
COVID-19 Direct Impact Contact Tracers (one year)   $60,000
  Epidemiologist (two years)   $140,000
  Public Health Nurse (two years)   $160,000
  Mental & Behavioral Health Staffing (two years)   $190,000
  Mental & Behavioral Health Services (two years)   $190,000
    Subtotal $1,070,000
Technology Improvements Support for Hybrid Meetings, Communications & Remote Work   $175,000
  Staffing Support for Technology Improvements   $100,000
    Subtotal $275,000
Economic Development Small Business Grant Program   $460,000
  Public Art   $20,000
  Other Business Support   $20,000
    Subtotal $500,000
Water/Sewer/Drains Infrastructure Temp Project Manager (four years)   $500,000
  Town Reservoir Clean-up Construction   $2,070,000
  Walker Pond Category 2 Construction   $356,000
  Allowance for Water/Sewer/Drains   $4,428,175
    Subtotal $7,354,175
  Grand Total $9,199,175