On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law and established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, which is intended to provide support to State, territorial, local and tribal governments in response to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19.
These funds provide substantial flexibility for each government to meet local needs—including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest hit by the crisis. These funds can also be used to make necessary investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
The Federal government has allocated $14,651,782 to Sullivan County, NY through this program. Half of that amount - $7,325,891 - was disbursed to the County in 2021, and the Legislature authorized 2021 funding to be used as follows:
- DPW Highway Program: $3,750,000
- Sullivan County Community College Capital Improvements: $3,575,891
The other half - $7,325,891 - was received in 2022, and the Legislature authorized 2022 funding to be used as follows:
- Sullivan County Community College Capital Improvements: $1,318,388
- Revenue Loss Replacement: $5,826,356
- Currently Unused: $181,147
Estimates indicate Sullivan County saw a revenue loss in 2020-2021 of $14,470,635, as able to be claimed under ARPA regulations.