The city of Pittsfield is still looking for your input as to what it should do with its share of the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, money that the city has received. Residents in Pittsfield have until 4 pm on Wednesday to fill out a citywide survey that will let city officials know how they should spend the more than $40 million in federal coronavirus relief money. 

To take the survey before the deadline arrives Wednesday, go HERE.

Before you take the survey, here are some details about what ARPA money can be used for according to GFOA, or Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada:

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Eligible uses of these funds include:

  • Revenue replacement for the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, relative to revenues collected in the most recent fiscal year prior to the emergency,
  • COVID-19 expenditures or negative economic impacts of COVID-19, including assistance to small businesses, households, and hard-hit industries, and economic recovery,
  • Premium pay for essential workers,
  • Investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

Restrictions on the uses of these funds include:

  • Funds allocated to states cannot be used directly or indirectly to offset tax reductions or delay a tax or tax increase;
  • Funds cannot be deposited into any pension fund.

Funding must be spent by the end of the calendar year 2024.

For more information, you can also visit the City of Pittsfield ARPA page on its website HERE.

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