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Posted on: April 18, 2022

City's ARPA Review Committee to meet Tuesday


The City’s American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Review Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 19 at the Councilman Denny Whayne Conference Room (Busch Municipal Building, 4th floor), 840 N. Boonville.

ARPA is a $1.9 trillion federal aid package passed by Congress in March 2021 to provide financial aid to families, governments, businesses, schools, non-profits 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 in ARPA funds. Funds must be obligated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026.

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.

Download the April 19 meeting agenda
Download the March 30, 2022 expenditure report.

Full details about the City’s ARPA funding process can be found online at

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For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].



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