Community Engagement, Shared Priorities, Strategic Planning
We want to hear from you at a listening session
County Administrator's Office
97 Hammond St.
Bangor, ME 04401
The commissioner’s meeting is held every Tuesday at 9:00 am. If you would like an opportunity to provide public comment during our public comment session, please email: email@example.com no later than 8:15 a.m. EST the day of the meeting, and a Zoom invite will be provided and your name will be added to the agenda for public comment.
For more information please see the links below
American Rescue Plan Act and Penobscot County
What is the American Rescue Plan Act?
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was enacted by Congress and signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021. It provides $350 Billion dollars in funding to states, counties, cities, towns, and tribal governments. This is a once in a generation lifeline to recover from the effects of the pandemic. The uses of the funds are broad but also specific.
How does ARPA help Penobscot County?
Penobscot County was awarded $29.5 Million to be paid in two tranches. The first payment of approximately $14.75 million was disbursed in May of 2021 with the second payment expected one year later.
How can the ARPA funds be used?
Support a public health response
What can't the funds be used for?
Neither Penobscot County nor any of its subrecipients may use these funds to reduce the net tax revenue or make extraordinary payments to pension funds. The funds may not be used for some types of matching funds, or be paid into a "rainy day" fund. The funds can also not be used for debt service or satisfy legal settlements.
What is the current timeline for the ARPA funds?
Penobscot County received its first allotment of funds in May of 2021. It will receive the second half of its total funding in May of 2022 or later. All funds must be committed by December 31, 2024 and be spent by December 31, 2026.
How can my organization apply for funding?
We are still developing our funding process so we are not accepting applications at this time. Please watch this space for updates.
What about Expanding or Upgrading Broadband?
While the ARPA funds may be used to expand or upgrade broadband in the county, it is not the only source of funds. The Capital Projects Fund is a source of funding. This is also a program of the Treasury, like ARPA but separate. More information can be found on the Treasury website.
How will the listening sessions be structured?
These are not like a hearing with public comment. Our goal is to hear from as many people as we can. So these sessions are not structured like the Commissioner's meetings (though you can sign up to address that meeting on the home page). The agenda for the listening sessions is: