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Posted on: July 6, 2022

City Council to hear first reading of ordinances to allocate ARPA funds on July 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City’s American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Review Committee, comprised of Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Simpson, Councilmen Andy Lear and Abe McGull and Councilwoman Heather Hardinger, has recommended 16 projects out of the more than 50 funding requests totaling more than $210 million. City Council, at its July 11 meeting, will hear first reading of two ordinances to allocate the funds.

Recommendations
 

Renew Jordan Creek (Stormwater project)

$             500,000 

Cooper/Killian Park Projects Total:

$            7,300,000 

     Cooper Soccer Complex Turf  

     Cooper Baseball & Killian Softball Upgrades  

Art Museum Education Wing

$            3,000,000 

Ozark Greenways: Chadwick Flyer Trail Development

$            3,000,000 

Historic City Hall Renovation

$            4,000,000 

City-Wide Housing Study

$             500,000 

MSU request for funding for Grand St. underpass

$             750,000 

Restore SGF project

$            1,000,000 

Boys & Girls Club / FosterAdopt Connect Teen Center   

 $            2,000,000 

Housing/Homeless Projects Set Aside (Additional to $5.3 million in CDBG-ARPA Funds)

 $            7,000,000 

Family Connects Program

$              650,000 

Discovery Center 

 $               50,000 

Ozark Empire Fair Youth Agricultural Education Center

$              250,000 

Burrell 24/7 Mental Health Help Hotline

$              100,000 

Springfield-Greene County Library District (Library Center Community Space, Midtown Carnegie and Library Station Renovations)

$              500,000 

OTC request for Airframe & Powerplant Maintenance facility

$               750,000 


Two important notes: six of the above listed projects involve state matching funds. Also, the total dollar amount available for homeless/housing will be approximately $12.3 million, when combined with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) ARPA funds. 

About ARPA:

ARPA is a $1.9 trillion federal aid package passed by Congress in March 2021 to provide financial aid to families, governments, businesses, schools, nonprofits and others impacted by the pandemic. Of that $1.9 trillion, $350 billion is going to state and local governments as part of the Fiscal Recovery Fund. The City of Springfield received just over $40 million. 

Funds must be obligated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. One of the council bills sets aside $7 million in homeless/housing projects that remain to be recommended by the City Council ARPA Review Committee. The committee anticipates additional meetings and discussion/recommendations for City Council’s formal approval in the upcoming months.   

Initial allocations for pandemic response, employee retention

City Council at its Aug. 23, 2021 meeting allocated $8 million to support the Springfield-Greene County Health Department for continuing COVID-19 critical services, as recommended by the ARPA Review Committee. The committee is now recommending to amend the funds to be set aside for potential COVID-19 response to $3,026,290. This funding allocation will remain for COVID-19 pandemic utilization unless/until these funds are reallocated by City Council for other ARPA projects, as funds become available.    

On Jan. 24, 2022, the council approved the use of ARPA dollars for retention pay for all full-time Fire Department, Police Department and Health Department staff. 
 
Public engagement 

community survey was conducted last fall to determine funding priorities for the ARPA funds.  
 
 The four-page questionnaire was mailed on Sept. 27, 2021 to 5,000 randomly selected households living within the city limits of Springfield. Results were based on 1,438 completed questionnaires (1,237 mail and 201 online). Overall findings have a +/- 2.6% of error (95% confidence interval). 

The funding categories ranked in order of importance are: 

  1. Public safety and crime prevention (55%)
  2. Homeless and housing services (40%)
  3. Community health and wellness (37%)
  4. Premium pay for essential workers (36%)
  5. Stabilizing and revitalizing neighborhoods (29%)
  6. Quality of Life (29%)
  7. Economic recovery and growth (24%)
  8. Public facility preservation and enhancement (22%). 
     

Cities can use ARPA funds to: 

  • Respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts;
  • Provide premium pay to eligible workers; 
  • For the provision of governmental services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to COVID-19; and 
  • Invest in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure.
     

Cities cannot use ARPA funds to:

  • Offset a reduction in taxes;
  • For deposits into pension funds;
  • To fund debt service;
  • To fund legal settlements or judgments;
  • For deposits into rainy-day funds or financial reserves.

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For more information, videos and materials, visit springfieldmo.gov/arpa. Media requests are directed to Cora Scott, 417-380-3352, or [email protected].

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