American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

The City of Mountlake Terrace received an allotment of approximately $5.96 million in federal COVID recovery funds through the American Rescue Plan Act, known as ARPA. The funds need to be designated by the end of 2024 and used by the end of 2026.


Here is the breakdown of expenditures in 2021-22:


  • $500,000 for utility bill assistance through a program coordinated by the Volunteers of America Western Washington.
  • $89,460 to match a state grant for the recruitment and retention of childcare and other employees at the Recreation Pavilion.


In the adopted budget for 2023-24, the Council approved approximately $775,400 in spending for items such as:


  • Information Technology strategic planning
  • Facilitator work for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission
  • Community Services Officer staffing for the Police Department
  • Economic Conditions and Market Analysis
  • Partnership with Economic Alliance Snohomish County and the new Chamber of Commerce
  • Housing Action Plan
  • Continued grant matching funds (see Pavilion item above)
  • Events Coordinator position
  • Recreation scholarships

In a follow-up amendment to the budget, in March 2023, the Council also approved:

  • $1 million for pavement preservation
  • $550,000 for emergency generators for city facilities
  • $250,000 for police body cameras
  • $215,000 for asphalt equipment
  • $200,000 for Public Works radio system upgrades
  • $200,000 for Safe Routes to Schools work at 216th/48th
  • $150,000 for information technology updates

This leaves approximately $2.03 million remaining under ongoing review by the Council.