Introduction

In early-2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to provide considerable Federal Resources across a variety of Federal, State, Local, and private programs to respond to challenges created by the COVID Pandemic. The City of Rocky Mount received an appropriation from ARPA of $11,521,180 through the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF). As of 6/30/2022, City Council had authorized the allocation and expenditure of $6,267,958 of these funds for the following purposes:
  • $1,267,958 for COVID Premium Pay for City Employees
  • $3,000,000 for Affordable Housing
  • $2,000,000 for Downtown Development
The City is now evaluating how to best utilize the remaining $5,253,222 of the available funding from SLFRF. This includes providing a series of public engagement activities to encourage and receive comments and ideas from City residents. The following survey is intended to provide residents with an outlet to express their thoughts on the prioritization and utilization of remaining funds.
 
Please answer the survey questions below. Additional comments can be emailed to arpengagement@rockymountnc.gov. Comments can also be made during scheduled Town Hall Meetings. Information on these meetings are available online at (insert link).
 
Deadline for completion of this survey and submission of all comments is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, October 31, 2022. Questions can be submitted to Kenneth Hunter, kenneth.hunter@rockymountnc.gov.
 
Thank you very much for your interest and participation.

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* 1. Which ward are you a resident of?

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* 2. Which county do you live in?

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* 3. On a scale of 1 (highest) to 4 (lowest), how would you rank the following categories as least important to most important to be invested in?

  1 (Highest Priority) 2 3 4 (Lowest Priority)
Address Negative Economic Impacts
Affordable Housing (Generally defined as where the occupant is paying no more than 30% of gross income for housing costs, including utilities.)
Water & Sewer Infrastructure Improvements
Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements

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* 4. On a scale of 1 (highest) to 5 (lowest), please rank which general government program and service areas you believe should be prioritized for ARPA funding.

  1 (Highest Priority) 2 3 4 5 (Lowest Priority)
Reduce violent crime
Community Development (Advance community well-being by revitalizing neighborhoods, providing quality affordable housing, and reducing poverty.)
Economic Development (Creation of wealth from which community benefits are realized. Examples include downtown redevelopment, small business development, and workforce development.)
Public Works/Infrastructure
Parks & Recreation

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* 5. Are there any specific projects, initiatives, programs, or ideas that you would like to see invested in through ARPA funds?

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