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B6EF16508F54E10B87258765006F4B9F Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For LOCAL GOVERNMENT USE OF FEDERAL RESCUE PLAN FUNDS

INTERIM COMMITTEE  TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date Oct 5, 2021      
Location Old State Library



Local Government Use of Federal Rescue Plan Funds - Committee Discussion Only


02:15:51 PM  
Eric Bergman, representing
Colorado Counties Inc (CCI), shared how members of CCI plan to use American
Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address negative economic impacts, local
public health response, and broadband infrastructure. Kevin Bommer, representing
the Colorado Municipal League (CML), shared that $1.3 billion of ARPA dollars
were allotted to county governments and $817 million were allotted to municipal
governments. Meghan MacKillop, representing CML, shared that the organization
is working with municipalities to identify needs that may be supported
with ARPA funding.

Richard Orf, representing the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado,
shared that Mesa County has relied on ARPA funding for county storm water
and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning projects. He said that Mesa
County used the largest portion of ARPA funding for early childhood education.
Mr. Orf stated that towns use the lost revenue function to determine areas
with the greatest need. He shared that Moffat County is deferring spending
money to learn how other counties are spending their funding.

Presenters
provided a presentation (Attachment G).  

 
02:37:30 PM  
Councilman Devin
Shaff, Broomfield, discussed the challenges that local governments face
to enhance resiliency using ARPA funds. He shared that is is important
to partner with state and other local governments to ensure that APRA funding
is spent effectively.

The panelists responded to questions from the committee regarding criteria
to receive funds and methods to identify the most urgent project need.
   






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