While even the New York Times is talking about how cities and states should be spending their federal funding (American Rescue Plan), Burnsville (MN) is asking their residents. Here’s text from a letter they recently sent out. (Please don’t take the survey, unless you live in Burnsville) but it’s a nice model to use in other places…
Lend Your Voice to the Future of Recovery Fund Spending
In this early planning stage, we want to hear what’s important to you.
The City of Burnsville is set to receive approximately $8 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds over the next two years. The City will have until December 2026 to spend the money. Many governing boards around the country are making unilateral decisions on how to spend their ARP funds, but that’s just not how we do things in Burnsville. We work for our community, and we want to be sure that we listen to the voice of the community!
The US Treasury Department has limited the use of ARP funds to the following areas:
- Respond to the public health emergency
- Lost revenue recovery
- Investments in water, sewer, and broadband
- Premium pay for eligible workers
The Burnsville City Council will take many different factors into consideration as they continue to evaluate the use of ARP funds. These factors will include things such as:
- Community feedback
- Ongoing guidance from US Treasury
- Existing funding/programs
- Access to previous funding/programs