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File #: 21-3657    Version: 1 Name: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COOK COUNTY AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FRAMEWORK
Type: Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 6/9/2021 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 6/24/2021 Final action:
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COOK COUNTY AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FRAMEWORK WHEREAS, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services declared that COVID-19 presents a public health emergency on January 27, 2020, and on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic; and WHEREAS, pursuant to the Cook County Code of Ordinances, Sections 26-36 and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305/11, on March 10, 2020, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle found that the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 constitute a public health emergency and issued a proclamation of disaster for Cook County which has since been extended monthly by the Cook County Board of Commissioners through June 30, 2021; and WHEREAS, on March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act") which authorized approximately $2 trillion in federal stimulus funds to combat the crisis rela...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President)

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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COOK COUNTY AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FRAMEWORK

 

WHEREAS, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services declared that COVID-19 presents a public health emergency on January 27, 2020, and on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Cook County Code of Ordinances, Sections 26-36 and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305/11, on March 10, 2020, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle found that the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 constitute a public health emergency and issued a proclamation of disaster for Cook County which has since been extended monthly by the Cook County Board of Commissioners through June 30, 2021; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) which authorized approximately $2 trillion in federal stimulus funds to combat the crisis related to COVID-19, and included funds to specifically address the economic and  public health issues that  state and local governments encountered as they worked to protect their communities during this public health crisis; and

 

WHEREAS, Cook County qualified as an eligible local government and received $428.6M in Coronavirus Relief Funds (“CRF”) from the US Department of Treasury to specifically address the issues encountered by Cook County government, its residents, and its business from the effects of COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, on July 16, 2020, Cook County Board of Commissioners authorized the Cook County COVID-19 Funding Response Plan: From Rapid Response to Equitable Recovery (“Cook County Funding Response Plan”), an initiative which addressed the County’s utilization of CRF in the areas of public health initiatives, Cook County government operational needs and continuity of service, suburban municipalities’ public health and operational needs, and Countywide economic development initiatives; and

 

WHEREAS, as part of the Cook County Funding Response Plan, Cook County allocated  the CRF as follows: $302M to operational initiatives and direct costs incurred by the County, $50.8M to assist 134 suburban municipalities and units of local government, and $75.8M distributed via the Bureau of Economic Development to direct service providers within Cook County to address critical social service needs as well as economic and community development needs; and

 

WHEREAS, Cook County allocated the $302M among operational initiatives and direct costs incurred by the County in order to address COVID-19 and ensure continuity of services in compliance with public health guidance and mandates, including costs incurred to reorganize the County’s public space for social distancing, the purchase of equipment to allow workers to telecommute, and funding used to defray the cost of public health and public safety workers directly involved in the response to the pandemic.

 

WHEREAS, Cook County allocated the $50.8M among 134 local municipalities and units of local government pursuant to an equitable distribution strategy, which recognized that a historic disinvestment in certain communities within the County resulted in an unequal capacity for suburban local governments to respond to the challenges that Covid-19 presents; and

 

WHEREAS, Cook County, through  the Bureau of Economic Development, utilized the $75.8M to launch The Cook County Community Recovery  Initiative that includes, but is not limited to, the following: Cook County COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program, The Southland Development, Authority Business Growth Services, Cook County Job Training and Placement, Cook County Manufacturing Concierge,  Cook County Rental Assistance Program, Cook County Mortgage Assistance Program, and Cook County Critical Social Service Programs (Homeless Sheltering Program, Legal Aid, Housing Counseling and Foreclosure Mediation Program, Utility Assistance Program, Food Assistance Program, Direct Financial Assistance Program); and

 

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2021, the federal government authorized the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) which includes $1.9 trillion in federal stimulus funds  to hasten the United States’ recovery from the economic and health effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, the federal government has authorized $350 billion in ARPA funding to be directly allocated to eligible state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to aid in their recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; and 

 

WHEREAS, specifically, the federal government has authorized and allocated a federal award of approximately $1,000,372,385B of ARPA funding to Cook County to assist the County in its recovery from the economic and health effects of COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, on June 24, 2021, the Cook County American Rescue Plan Act Framework (the “ARPA Framework”) was presented to the Cook County Board of Commissioners; and

 

WHEREAS, the ARPA Framework is a comprehensive plan for the County’s expenditure of ARPA funding which includes leveraging and expanding existing County programs and initiatives created by CRF as well as creating new near-term and long-term transformative initiatives. The ARPA Framework will guide investments and support for programs and initiatives to assist workers and families, small businesses and impacted industries, as well as programs to address health disparities, housing and community needs, and other identified opportunities; and

 

WHEREAS, to effectuate the initiatives outlined in the ARPA Framework, it is necessary to authorize the Chief Financial Officer and the Budget Director to expend ARPA funding for the purpose of continuing  and expanding existing County programs and initiatives, including any created under CRF, as well as for purpose of creating new near-term funding opportunities and long-term transformative initiatives; and  

 

WHEREAS, in order to provide for continuity of services new programs and initiatives to aid Cook County residents and businesses in its recovery efforts, it is necessary to grant limited authority to the Chief Financial Officer and the Budget Director to ensure timely budgetary transfers without advance approval from the Board; provided; however, they are in line with the requirements outlined in Sections 26 of the FY2021 Appropriation Bill and Resolution; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, effective June 24, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the Cook County Board of Commissioner does hereby authorize the Chief Financial Officer and the Budget Director to use the ARPA funding as outlined in the Cook County American Rescue Plan Act Framework.

 

BE IT RESOLVED, effective June 24, 2021, through December 31, 2021, the Cook County Board of Commissioners does hereby authorize the Budget Director or designee of the Budget Director to review and approve budgetary transfer requests related to the ARPA funding in accordance with Section 26 of the FY2021 Annual Appropriation Bill and Resolution; provided, however, all budget transfer requests in an amount greater than or equal to $1,000,000M shall further require the written concurrence of the Cook County Chief Financial Officer or a designee of the Chief Financial Officer; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Budget Director shall issue a report on the approved budgetary transfers permitted under this Resolution and Section 26 of the FY 2021 Annual Appropriation Bill and Resolution for the preceding month on the day that coincides with the date of the monthly Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting to the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the Cook County Health System Board, where applicable. Provided, however, if there is a month for which a Cook County Board meeting is not scheduled, then the report will be issued by the 25th day of such month.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ARPA funding award approved by the Board of Commissioners that will be utilized and purposed in Fiscal Year 2022 will be included the FY2022 Annual Appropriation Ordinance.

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