Washtenaw Rescue Plan


On March 11, the President signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). This action created the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to support local governments as they help their communities recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Through the passage of ARPA, Washtenaw County government will be allocated just over $71 million in two equal allotments (May 2021 and May 2022). Each local unit of government inside of Washtenaw County is also eligible to receive funding. You can find out how much your city, township, or village will be allocated here.  

The County has developed a list of potential initiatives to help guide the use of these funds as part of a larger spending plan that will take advantage of other funding sources. The intent of this one-time funding is for the County to spend it in ways to serve households in Washtenaw County recovery from the pandemic while creating a more equitable future.

Funding Requirements

While some of the Washtenaw County Rescue Plan will use other pots of money to fund projects, the majority of projects will use ARPA Funds. These Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. We may use funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by, 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

These funds must be allocated by 12/31/2024 and fully implemented by 12/31/2026.

For more information on how funds can be used, click review the Interim Final Rule

Potential Projects By Priority Category


Community Engagement

Online Survey - This survey was open through 8/31/2021. A final report of results will be shared in September. 

Dates for Town Halls

7/22 6:00 PM | Commissioner Beeman @ Freedom Township Hall | In-Person | Learn More 

7/27 6:00 PM | Commissioner Beeman @ Saline City Hall | Virtual and In-Person | Learn More

7/28 6:00 PM | Ann Arbor Town Hall w/ Commissioners LaBarre, Morgan, and Scott | Virtual | Zoom Info

8/9 12:00 PM | Commission Hodge Lunchtime Town Hall | Virtual | Learn More

8/9 6:00 PM | Commission Hodge Evening Town Hall | Virtual | Learn More

8/11 6:00 PM | Commissioner Shink Town Hall | Virtual | Learn More

8/12 5:00 PM | Commissioner Sanders Town Hall #1 | Virtual | Learn More

8/14 12:00 PM | Commissioner Sanders Town Hall #2 | Virtual | Learn More

8/26 12:00 PM | Commissioner Jefferson Town Hall #1 | Learn More

8/26 6:00 PM | Commissioner Jefferson Town Hall #2 | Learn More

Other Opportunities for Input

9/1 6:30 PM | Ways & Means/Board of Commissioners Meetings Public Comment | Virtual | Learn More 

Engagement Results

Interim Report on Community Survey from 8.5 Working Session

Reach out to Peter Lindeman for more details - [email protected]