American Rescue Plan Act

Over the next two years, San Benito County will receive about $12.2 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This funding can be used to:

  • Respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Address the negative economic impacts the community has experienced as a result of COVID-19.
  • Provide assistance in disproportionately impacted neighborhoods.
  • Provide premium pay to employees who are doing or did essential work – working in businesses considered high risk, working with the public, and/or distributed goods - during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • To offset reductions in San Benito County revenue due to COVID-19.
  • Invest in water and or sewer infrastructure.
  • Invest in broadband infrastructure.
The funds cannot be used for:

  • Tax reductions or cuts.
  • Pension fund payments/deposits.
  • Legal settlements.
  • To meet Federal grant match requirements.
  • Roads and Bridges   

County of San Benito Launches American Rescue Fund Act Survey-Seeking Community Input about how these funds should be used.

The purpose of the survey is to obtain insight from residents, businesses, and organizations on the impact of COVID-19 and how funding allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) should be allocated. ARPA funding is designated to help communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, responding to the economic implications, and assist in an equitable recovery. 

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* 1. At what email address would you like to be contacted?

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* 2. Please select what applies to you:

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* 3. What was the significant impact that COVID-19 had on you or your family?

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* 4. What recommended projects would you like the County to prioritize? (Rank from most important 1 to 10 least important choice)

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* 5. Local Economic Recovery (Rank from most important 1 to 7 least important choice)

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* 6. Public health (Services and programs to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please select)

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* 7. What other projects would you invest in? What other priorities were not included or covered that you would like the County to invest in?

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