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November 3, 2022
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Commissioner Main Meeting Chambers
155 Indiana Avenue
Suite 205

Valparaiso, IN 46383
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November 3rd, 2022 - Auditor's Office informational meeting on ARPA funding for Non-Profits at 11 a.m.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

This is a big week for Porter County's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) project:
--On Monday, The Auditor's office completed and submitted the third quarter "Project and Expenditure" required report to U.S. Treasury.
--On Tuesday, the Porter County Commissioners gave first-reading approval to  add seven more projects to the county's ARPA plan: the Memorial Opera House renovation, employee stipends, road funding, insurance, SWAT vehicle, veterans outreach, and county parks.
--On Thursday, the Auditor's office will host an informational session geared toward non-profits and other local government entities that have been awarded a share of the county's grant.
Check out our COVID-19 Federal Funding page, and the various subpages, for many, many details on Porter County's ARPA project!

  American Rescue Plan Act

President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law on March 11, 2021. Among its many other provisions, the Act established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF), which provided $350 billion to states, local and Tribal governments across the country to support their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this, the law includes $65.1 billion to county governments with the allocations based on population. Porter County government's award totals $33,096,066. The funds must be obligated by the end of 2024 and expended by the end of 2026.

Porter County's ARPA Projects

The following are the Porter County ARPA projects that have received final approval, meaning that each project 1) is included in a County Commissioner-adopted plan and 2) has received appropriation approval by the County Council. The projects are generally listed in chronological order upon clearing both required approvals.

Budgeted (up to)
Premium Pay$969,816
Behavioral Health Study$25,000
Assistance to Townships$500,000
Marquette Greenway Trail$2,500,000
Flood Reduction Systems: Salt Creek Commons, Willowcreek, 700N$1,340,000
Failed Storm Water Systems: Carriage Hills, New South Haven, Salt Creek Commons, Stimson Drain$3,430,000
Shorewood Forest Storm Water Project$685,000
Porter County Agricultural Society (non-profit)$777,513
Shirley Heinze Land Trust Storm Water Project (non-profit)$717,000
Porter County Conservation Trust Storm Water/Wetlands Project (non-profit)$75,000
Pleasant Township Pool Improvements$150,000
Health Department remodeling$1,000,000
Porter County EMA trailer, laptops$39,996
Porter County Health Insurance Fund$500,000
Meeting Room Audio Visual Enhancements$233,120
Jury Room TVs$3,130
Auditor Transfer Book Digitization$450,000
Porter County Public Library Outdoor Learning Gardens$700,000
Assistance to Non-Profit Organizations   $7,898,763
Memorial Opera House renovation*$5,000,000
Porter County Health Insurance Fund*$1,600,000
County Employee 2023 Wage Supplements*$1,076,555
Sheriff's SWAT Vehicle*$300,000
County Veteran Service Office Outreach Program*$50,000
County Park Capital Projects*$50,000

     Total Expended to Date:$1,410,231

Projects marked with an * received appropriation approval and first-reading ordinance approval; second reading is pending. 

For more details on the projects listed above, please see "Tracking Porter County's ARPA Spending." 

Most of the projects listed above were included in a plan that the Porter County Commissioners approved on August 2 based on a recommendation of the Porter County ARPA Steering Committee. To view the Steering Committee's Power Point presentation, click here: Steering Committee Presentation. For more information about the subcommittees that reviewed the funding requests and the proposals submitted, please see the main page of the county government website:

ARPA Resources

For more information about the American Rescue Plan Act, please see the "ARPA Resources and Updates" tab or click here.

Porter County ARPA Timeline

For more information about the timeline of activities affecting Porter County's ARPA revenues, see the "Porter County ARPA Timeline" page or click here.

Tracking Expenditures and Compliance

For more information about the Porter County Auditor's Office internal control procedures for tracking and reporting Porter County's ARPA expenditures, please see the "Tracking Porter County's ARPA Spending" page or click here.


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