The City of Las Cruces (City) received a direct allocation from the U.S. Treasury under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which provided a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.
The City received the first tranche of funding in the amount of $12,379,913 on May 19, 2021. The second tranche, in the same amount, was received on June 14th, 2022.
The funding is intended to be used for the following funding objectives, as defined in the Act:
To support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control; replace lost public sector revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs; support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses; and address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic.
To meet and address emergent public health needs, measures to counter the spread of COVID-19, and address disparities in public health exacerbated by the pandemic.
To determine use: assess effect of COVID-19 on Public Health and how to address identified needs.
Support mitigation/prevention of public health issues and improve the design and execution of public health services.
Public Safety Programs
Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) - 2 Squad Vehicles
Fire & Police EMT, Paramedic, CPR Training
MIH, Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) Station Design
PPE & Emergency Response
Police Smart Technology
Police Victim, Community Advocate Vehicles
Communications for Police Officers
Total Public Safety Programs
Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss
Allows municipalities to calculate the Revenue Loss due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any reduction of revenue is presumed to have been due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Provides broad latitude for providing government services.
The City of Las Cruces is using this category as supplemental funding for capital projects that have increased in cost due to the effects of the pandemic.
Capital Projects - Revenue Loss
GO Bond Projects - Park Improvements, New Animal Shelter
New Transit Maintenance Facility
Address Negative Economic Impacts
Provide aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality that were disproportionately and negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Aid may be considered responsive if it supports businesses, attractions, and business districts.
Website, Visual Assets
Convention Center Assets
Improve Water & Sewer Infrastructure
Make necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water and invest in water and wastewater infrastructure.
Funding guidance provides a framework to align necessary water and sewer infrastructure projects with projects eligible under the EPA's Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds.
Water & Sewer Infrastructure Projects
Calle del Encanto, Calle del Sol
Sewer Connect Program
Premium Pay for Essential Workers
May be used for payroll expenditures for essential employees to the extent that their services are devoted to mitigating or responding to the COVID public health emergency.
Eligible workers are defined as workers needed to maintain continuity of operations of critical sectors to protect the health and well-being of the residents.
Management made the determination that all employees were essential during the pandemic and were needed to ensure that essential operations were maintained at pre-pandemic levels and continued services were provided to the residents and visitors of Las Cruces.
City full-time and part-time regular staff hired prior to July 1, 2021 received premium pay.
There were three tiers for premium pay with payments as follows:
Total Premium Pay
Premium pay was a one time payment in October 2021.
Provide grants to community organizations to offset the negative economic impact experienced by community members in Las Cruces.
On May 2, 2022, City Council adopted an eligibility process and guide for community organizations to apply for funding. The process was modified from a procurement process, with guidelines to ensure compliance with federal requirements. View Resolution
A scoring committee comprised of six City of Las Cruces employees scored the applicants, and made funding recommendations to City Council.
Funding also covers the administration and oversight of grant contracts. View Contracts