EVERETT – The City of Everett has been awarded $20.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and is asking for public input on how these funds should be used for COVID-19 relief and economic recovery, according to a press release.

The announcement shared that community members can take a short survey to share their feedback through Nov. 14 at everettwa.gov/ARPA

Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin said that “These one-time federal funds offer a rare and powerful opportunity to invest in our community, restore our economy and tackle some of our most significant challenges made worse by the pandemic,” said Franklin. “I encourage Everett residents to weigh in on the investments you’d most like to see for our city.”

The city’s ARPA projects will align with the following eligible categories:

  • Support COVID-19 response efforts to slow the spread of the virus, protect public health and bring the pandemic under control
  • Address the negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
  • Replace lost public sector revenues
  • Invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure

The Everett City Council will be presented with the results of the community survey with a list of ideas and proposals for ARPA investments.

The U.S. Congress passed the ARPA in March of 2021, which is delivering $350 billion in emergency funding to eligible state, local, and Tribal governments to be used for COVID-19 relief and economic recovery, according to the release.

To find out more about the survey, click here.

Daniel Albert is an Award-Winning journalist majoring in Integrated Strategic Communications at Washington State University.