County commissioners have approved the budgeting of $131 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding from the federal government. Of that $131 million, roughly $74.6 million will be spent on infrastructure projects and $57.3 million will be spent on non-infrastructure items.
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. This $1.9 trillion package is intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts.
Bernalillo County was awarded $65 million in May as the first of two installments.
County commissioners through, public meetings and a budgeting process, earmarked the first $74 million as follows:
- $53.8 million for joint sewer and water projects with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Water Authority (ABCWUA)
- $10.8 million for sewer and water projects outside the ABCWUA boundaries but within Bernalillo County lines
- $10 million for broadband and fiber optic projects in all five commission districts
“The commission worked tirelessly with county staff to make sure that this money can benefit every county resident,” says Bernalillo County Commission Chair Charlene Pyskoty. “More money will be coming from the federal government and we want to make sure public health, front line workers, and all quality of life issues are addressed and somehow touched by this funding.”
The second installment of ARPA funding to Bernalillo County, totaling roughly $65 million is due for disbursement in May of 2022 and is budgeted for non-infrastructure items such as housing initiatives for the unhoused, economic relief funding for the undocumented, pay support for public sector employees and essential workers, and replacement of lost revenue due to COVID-19.
A breakdown of expenditures of the ARPA monies are below:
The ARPA funding initiative was approved by the commissioners on a 4 to 0 vote. Commissioner Debbie O’Malley was excused from the meeting.