Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Ohio State and Local Governments to Receive $10.6 Billion from American Rescue Plan | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Ohio State and Local Governments to Receive $10.6 Billion from American Rescue Plan

May 10, 2021
Press Release
Ohio Townships and Other Nonentitlement Units of Government with Populations Less than 50,000 to Receive $843 Million

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces that the U.S. Department of Treasury will be deploying $10,657,784,591 to Ohio state and local governments from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), including $843,726,939 for Ohio townships and other nonentitlement units of government. These funds will help bring back jobs, address pandemic’s economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong, equitable recovery. Allocations have been updated and may vary slightly from earlier estimates as the Department of Treasury pulled the most recent state and local demographics. 

“This funding will change the course of daily life for working Americans now – and for years to come. Our local communities have been in desperate need of this funding to pay for essential jobs and services. I’m proud to be able to get money out the door so local governments avoid laying off our first responders, teachers, and other essential employees.” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “This package is a lifeline for our state and local governments to get through this crisis, and I’m confident it will give them a steady foundation to build on for years to come.” 

Treasury also released details on the ways funds can be used to respond to acute pandemic response needs, fill revenue shortfalls among state and local governments, and support the communities and populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Eligible state, territorial, metropolitan city, county, and Tribal governments will be able to access funding directly from the Treasury Department in the coming days to assist communities as they recover from the pandemic.  

After Ryan’s and the Ohio Democratic Congressional Delegation’s urging, Treasury announced today that townships and other nonentitlement unit governments will receive $843,726,939. Language in the ARP previously led to some confusion and concern among local towns and townships about their eligibility for direct support. Today the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that local governments that are classified as nonentitlement units, such as Townships, with populations of less than 50,000 will receive this funding through their applicable state government. Treasury expects to provide further guidance on the specific allocations to non-entitlement units next week.

 

OH-13 County Government Allocation

Mahoning County

$44,418,992.00

Portage County

$31,557,116.00

Stark County

$71,985,871.00

Summit County

$105,085,433.00

Trumbull County

$38,454,129.00

 

OH-13 Metro Government Allocation

Akron

$145,337,626.00

Alliance

$15,387,409.00

Barberton

$16,441,150.00

Cuyahoga Falls

$16,493,877.00

Kent

$7,510,281.00

Warren

$28,680,143.00

Youngstown

$82,775,370.00

 

Eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments that are requesting Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds can do so HERE.

“Today is a milestone in our country’s recovery from the pandemic and its adjacent economic crisis. With this funding, communities hit hard by COVID-19 will able to return to a semblance of normalcy; they’ll be able to rehire teachers, firefighters and other essential workers – and to help small businesses reopen safely,” said Secretary Janet L. Yellen.  “There are no benefits to enduring two historic economic crises in a 13-year span, except for one: We can improve our policymaking. During the Great Recession, when cities and states were facing similar revenue shortfalls, the federal government didn’t provide enough aid to close the gap. That was an error. Insufficient relief meant that cities had to slash spending, and that austerity undermined the broader recovery. With today’s announcement, we are charting a very different – and much faster – course back to prosperity.”

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide substantial flexibility for each jurisdiction to meet local needs—including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. Within the categories of eligible uses listed, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities. In addition to allowing for flexible spending up to the level of their revenue loss, recipients can use funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by – among other uses – funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, mental health and substance misuse treatment and certain public health and safety personnel responding to the crisis;
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including by rehiring public sector workers, providing aid to households facing food, housing or other financial insecurity, offering small business assistance, and extending support for industries hardest hit by the crisis
  • Aid the communities and populations hardest hit by the crisis, supporting an equitable recovery by addressing not only the immediate harms of the pandemic, but its exacerbation of longstanding public health, economic and educational disparities
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service during the pandemic; and,
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, improving access to clean drinking water, supporting vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expanding access to broadband internet.

More information on the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds can be found HERE.

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