Johnson County seeks community feedback on how to invest $29.3 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
The fifth public input session will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the cafeteria of Lone Tree Community School, Entrance S1, 303 South Devoe Street, Lone Tree. This will be a facilitated session for rural residents of southern Johnson County, as well as residents of Hills and Lone Tree. Input session participants can share pandemic-related experiences and priorities through live polling.
Those unable to attend are encouraged to participate by responding to targeted online questionnaires. The questionnaires are based on the topics that will be discussed at the input session:
- Workers are encouraged to complete a questionnaire at: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6517278/Johnson-County-Negative-Economic-Impacts-Survey-Households-Families-Workers.
A version in Spanish is available at: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6520193/Johnson-County-CUESTIONARIO-SOBRE-IMPACTOS-ECON-MICOS-NEGATIVOS-Preguntas-para-trabajadores-y-residentes.
- Small business owners are encouraged to complete a questionnaire at: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6510080/Johnson-County-Negative-Economic-Impacts-Survey.
A version in Spanish is available at: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6517453/Johnson-County-CUESTIONARIO-SOBRE-IMPACTOS-ECON-MICOS-NEGATIVOS.
All residents are encouraged to provide feedback about their priorities for eligible use of these funds through an online survey at: https://johnsoncountyiowa.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_425gsQ7THOCMMCO, which is available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Swahili.
The federal funding guidelines require that programs and projects must be tied to one of the following allowable uses and obligated by Dec. 31, 2024:
- Support public health response;
- Address negative economic impacts;
- Replace public sector revenue loss;
- Provide premium pay to essential workers; and
- Make necessary investments to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.
Public input, transparency and accountability are critical to Johnson County’s response efforts. All residents, businesses and community organizations are encouraged to provide feedback about their priorities for eligible use of these funds.
Johnson County will hold a final public input session:
- Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6 to 8 p.m. – Johnson County Administration Building, Board Room, 913 S. Dubuque Street. This will be a comprehensive town hall session. A Zoom option will be available.
More information about ARPA and how it impacts Johnson County is available at https://www.johnsoncountyiowa.gov/arpa.