- Public Input Sessions
Johnson County invites residents, businesses, and community organizations to provide feedback about their priorities for eligible use of these funds through a series of public input sessions. Public input sessions will take place on the following dates/times:
Thursday, August 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City
- Visioning session and roundtable discussion for Johnson County nonprofits and service providers.
- Open house listening session for urban communities (Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, and University Heights).
- Addressing negative economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic (residents, workers, business owners, and impacted industries).
- If you cannot attend this session, you may provide you input through questionnaires related to negative economic impacts.
- Facilitated session for rural residents and small communities in northern Johnson County (Oxford, Tiffin, Solon, Shueyville, Swisher, and unincorporated areas).
- Facilitated session for rural residents and small communities in southern Johnson County (Hills, Lone Tree and unincorporated areas).
- Summary of public input to date with public comment to follow (Zoom option available).
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend Johnson County events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Keshia Fields, Inclusion and Equity Specialist, at [email protected] or 319-688-5818.
- Meeting in a Box
Would you like to host your own ARPA input session? The Meeting in a Box is a tool intended to support any group in Johnson County that wants to contribute to the public input process. Anyone can host or facilitate a meeting--from an informal group of friends to a regularly-scheduled meeting of a community organization. The Meeting in a Box provides a guide for the conversation, but the host can change or adapt the approach as needed.
To ensure that your group's feedback is incorporated into the public input report to the Board of Supervisors on November 17, please return completed worksheets and forms to Rose Schroder at [email protected] by October 27, 2021.
- Funding Needs Assessment
- ARPA Leadership Team Updates
The ARPA Leadership Team provides regular updates to the Board of Supervisors Work Sessions at 9 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. You can stream past and future Work Sessions here. The ARPA Leadership Team presented updates on the following dates:
- May 26, 2021
- June 9, 2021
- June 30, 2021
- August 4, 2021
- August 18, 2021
- September 1, 2021
- September 8, 2021
- October 6, 2021
- October 13, 2021
- October 27, 2021
- ARPA Fair Results
During the Johnson County Fair, residents were invited to participate in a mock election. One question asked residents to vote for which ARPA-eligible use they favored. The results were:
Support Public Health Response 23%
Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss 9%
Offer Premium Pay for Essential Workers 23%
Address Negative Economic Impacts of COVID-19 15%
Broadband Infrastructure 8%
Water and Sewer Infrastructure 15%
Under votes 3%
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden. This legislation established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. Through the Fiscal Recovery Fund, Congress provided State, local, and Tribal governments with significant resources to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts through four categories of eligible uses:
- To respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries, such as tourism, travel, and hospitality;
- To respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers;
- For the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year prior to the emergency; and
- To make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
It is the mission of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to enhance the quality of life of residents by providing exceptional public services in a collaborative, responsive, and fiscally-accountable manner. True to our mission, the Board will take a three-pronged approach to utilizing Johnson County's American Rescue Plan Act funding:
- stabilize our community;
- strategize together to invest in future prosperity; and
- organize our resources to enable an inclusive recovery from COVID-19.
On May 10, 2021, the US Treasury released guidance on the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund. Johnson County will work diligently to seek public input to address the needs of our residents, workers, small businesses, and community partners. These input sessions will inform decision-making and program development to ensure ARPA investments are not merely a brief stimulus, but seed a new trajectory of inclusive economic growth for all people in Johnson County. You can review Johnson County's planning framework document, which will be updated regularly.
The Board, with our community network of civic, business, and philanthropic stakeholders, will develop funding priorities and programs in a collaborative and transparent manner. Johnson County is building processes, operations, and resources to enhance investments in public services and maximize the impacts of our local fiscal recovery allocation, and the many other funded program areas of the $1.9 trillion legislation.
For additional information on the American Rescue Plan Act, please visit the National Association of Counties funding breakdown website.