Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, California counties received direct allocations from the federal government for COVID-19 relief funding. While special districts did not receive the same access to funding, the ARP did grant counties with specific transfer authority to provide special districts with a portion of their ARP allocations, similar to the transfer authority granted to the State.
Should a district be successful in securing county assistance, such funding is not expected to render special districts ineligible for the $100 million state COVID-19 relief funding for special districts. However, relief funding received from a county is expected to be deducted from the overall amount of relief the district could receive from the State.
Many counties are currently engaged in the decision-making process to establish their ARP funding priorities and special districts are encouraged to contact their County Executive/Administrative Officers and Board of Supervisors as soon as possible to relay the need for funding of critical infrastructure and other essential services eligible under the ARP.
CSDA has developed the following tools for communicating special district needs to your county. Below is a form that will help you demonstrate and document expenditures and revenue losses incurred as a result of the pandemic to submit to your county and a template letter to send to request the relief.
*This tool utilizes Microsoft Forms to organize your district’s information. The email used for Microsoft Outlook may be used to log into the form. Should you experience difficulty accessing the online form, click here to access a Word document outline.
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