HELENA, Mont. — The City of Helena is seeking public input on funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The City has launched an interactive online tool through BeHeardHelena.com to gather feedback on the $8.4 million it received through ARPA. The tool allows users to adjust fund allocations for City proposals, while also submitting new ideas through the comment feature.
For public recommendations to be considered, they must meet the following guidelines for ARPA fund uses:
- Respond to the COVID 19 Public Health Emergency and its negative economic impacts
- Premium Pay for eligible workers
- Provision of government services to the extent to the reduction of revenues due to the pandemic
- Investments in necessary water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure
The City has received half of its’ ARPA funds and will receive the other half in 2022. All funds must be committed or spent by December 31, 2024.
The public input tool will be available on Be Heard Helena through December 10, 2021.