BRANSON, Mo – The Branson Board of Aldermen approved 15 different resolutions at their last regular meeting on July 12, 2022, that authorize the City to apply for Missouri American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that total $15,008,000 for Utilities and $4,897,600 for Public Works and Engineering.
The City of Branson has submitted these grant applications and is now waiting to hear from the State if they will be awarded. This is supposed to happen in October. These are matching grants. If all grants are approved, the city would contribute $4,966,400. These 15 projects are listed below:
Dewey Bald Water System Improvements Project
Neighborhood Water Line Replacement Project
Lift Stations #10 And #34 Project
Cured-In-Place-Pipe Lining Of Sewer Mains and Manhole Rehabilitation Project
Lift Station #46 – Install Pumps and Controls Project
Lift Station #17 – Force Main Replacement Project
Lead Service Line Inventory Project
River Valley Estates Stormwater Improvement Project
Celtic Bridge Project
Caudill Way Low Water Crossing Project
Fall Creek RV Estates Project Stormwater Improvement Project
Eiserman Street/Lakewood Estates Subdivision Stormwater Improvement Project
Cliff Drive Stormwater Improvement Project
Brook Court Stormwater Improvement Project
Hiawatha Heights Subdivision Stormwater Improvement Project
To read more about each proposed project and the ARPA funds requested, click on the “HTML Agenda Packet” for the July 12, 2022, Board of Aldermen Regular meeting in the Agenda & Minutes section of the city’s website, BransonMo.Gov.
ARPA is a $1.9 trillion federal aid package passed by Congress in 2021 to provide financial aid to families, governments, businesses, schools, non-profits and others impacted by the pandemic. Of that $1.9 trillion, $350 billion is going to state and local governments as part of the Fiscal Recovery Fund.
Cities can use ARPA funds to:
- Respond to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts;
- Provide premium pay to eligible workers;
- For the provision of governmental services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to COVID-19; and
- Invest in water, sewer, stormwater, and lead service line inventory.
Cities cannot use ARPA funds to:
- Offset a reduction in taxes;
- For deposits into pension funds;
- To fund debt service;
- To fund legal settlements or judgments;
- For deposits into rainy-day funds or financial reserves.