City Council approved a resolution ratifying the acceptance of the funds during its Oct. 18 meeting.
In March 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law to provide continued relief from the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact. The act allotted approximately $350 billion of funding to assist state, local and tribal governments in their response to and recovery from the pandemic.
Sugar Land received a direct allocation of ARPA funding from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund in two $5.56 million increments, first in June 2021 and later in June 2022, for a total of $11.12 million, according to agenda documents.
Funds can be used for projects under the general categories of public health; negative economic impacts; premium pay for essential workers; revenue loss; and investments in water, sewer and broadband internet infrastructure improvements.
The city said a majority of its funding will be allocated to revenue replacement but will also cover several projects benefiting a large percentage of citizens, including investments in stormwater and drainage, according to agenda documents.