Community survey on American Rescue Plan Act funding released.
La Crosse County is seeking public input on how to distribute the county’s $22.89 million allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
All county residents are invited to participate by completing a short survey on ways the funding could be used. To complete the survey, click this link.
“This is an opportunity to think big and make long-term investments in our community,” said La Crosse County Board Chair Monica Kruse. “If we get this right, we can have a positive impact on some of the biggest and most complex problems facing La Crosse County.”
Kruse said the county board has identified sustainability, housing, childcare, the local economy/tourism, infrastructure with a focus on the aging population, and equity, as the priority areas for ARPA spending. Project ideas that fall under each of those categories are included in the community survey for the public to rank.
“We want your input on the broad ideas we’ve discussed for how to use this funding,” Kruse said. “Please complete the survey and share it with your friends, colleagues and family in La Crosse County.”
During planning meetings on ARPA, the county board agreed that three core values should guide the process of deciding how to use the funding. Those core values are quality of life, equity, and collaboration.
“This means we want input from diverse community members, we want to support projects that make La Crosse County more equitable, and we want to collaborate with local and regional partners to have the biggest impact,” Kruse said.
La Crosse County received the first half of its ARPA allocation in June of this year. The second half is scheduled to arrive next year. At the August county board meeting, the board agreed to establish task forces to work on project ideas. Membership of each task force will include county board members, staff, and community members with relevant expertise.
The task forces will report back to the board, possibly in December. At that time, the board also will review the results of the community survey, which contains the projects the task forces will consider. ARPA funds do not need to be obligated until 2024.
“It’s good news that we have time to go slowly to get this right,” Kruse said. “By making the right investments, we can build the platform for a more sustainable future for La Crosse County.”
The community survey will be open for four weeks. Click here to participate. To share the survey through email or on social media, please use this link: surveymonkey.com/r/countyarpa.