November 3, 2022
Commissioner Main Meeting Chambers
155 Indiana Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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.
|Project||Budgeted (up to)|
|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: www.porterco.org
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.