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We want your input! The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our public health programs, local economy, businesses, and our communities. Lake County has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in programs to improve lives, meet community needs, and make our county more resilient to future challenges. This is possible thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 

Your feedback will help us to better understand community needs to aid in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be compiled, reviewed, and used in future planning efforts. Please answer the following questions below on how the County could further invest in these four funding categories.

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* 1. How important do you think allocating ARPA funds to support public health is? Examples in this category include:

• Support for vaccination distribution 
• Testing, contact tracing and a COVID-19 information call center 
• Mental health support services

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* 2. How important do you think allocating ARPA funds to support community and household assistance is? Examples in this category include:

• Food access for those in need 
• Affordable housing  
• Permanent housing for the homeless 
• Shelter for people experiencing temporary homelessness

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* 3. How important do you think allocating ARPA funds to support economic and business investments is? Examples in this category include:

• Ways to support Lake County's restaurants, hotels and entertainment businesses and promote tourism 
• Programs encouraging the hosting of large events that increase spending within the county

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* 4. How important do you think allocating ARPA funds to support infrastructure and facility investments is? Examples in this category include:

• Updating Lake County’s sewers and reduce flooding 
• Improving drinking water quality

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* 5. Please rank the following categories from 1-4, with 1 being the category you would most like to see funded to 4 being the category you would least like to see funded.

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* 6. Do you have any additional suggestions or comments on how Lake County could utilize funding received from ARPA?

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