Public Hearing – ARPA Funds
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
2155 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH 03574
The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on TUESDAY May 24, 2022, at their regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 6:00 pm in the Town Building Meeting Room, 2155 Main St., Bethlehem, NH for the following:
The town has accepted funds in the amount of $134,735.57, from the Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (LFRF) from the State under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). There will be a second tranche of funds received by the town in the summer of 2022 of roughly the same amount.
According to the U.S. Treasury, the LFRF provides eligible local governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:
- Support public health expenditures: For example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
- Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
- Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
- Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
- Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet
Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities.