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ARP funds may be headed to townships

LISBON — Local townships have learned the latest proposal by the state of Ohio for dividing up the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan money would now include them.

However, earlier amounts cited for cities and towns in Columbiana County will be reduced by the new proposal as more entities will be sharing from the pot of money.

Under the latest proposal, the Ohio Municipal League is estimating local municipalities and townships could see the following amounts of money based on population, provided the amount is not more than 75 percent of the entity’s total budget. Each must apply to access the funds from the state.

Below are the total amount each municipality and township is estimated to receive per the OML with half expected soon and the other half 12 months later reflected by the amount in parenthesis:

• Cities

Columbiana $654,694.12 ($327,347.06)

East Liverpool $1,110,675.48 ($555,337.74)

East Palestine $463,418.69 ($231,709.35)

Hanoverton $40,643.41 ($20,321.71)

Leetonia $191,903.94 ($95,951.97)

Lisbon $276,542.80 ($138,271.40)

New Waterford $123,606.25 ($61,803.13)

Rogers $23,464.24 ($11,732.12)

Salem $1,216,369.30 ($608,184.65)

Salineville $127,586.79 ($63,793.40)

Summitville $12,884.38 ($6,442.19)

Washingtonville $78,563.29 ($39,281.65)

Wellsville $346,307 ($173,153.50)

• Townships

Butler $358,667.63 ($179,333.82)

Center $347,878.27 ($173,939.14)

Elkrun $473,789.04 ($236,894.52)

Fairfield $408,110.13 ($204,055.07)

Franklin $69,030.95 ($34,515.48)

Hanover $323,261.77 ($161,630.89)

Knox $433,878.89 ($216,939.45)

Liverpool $395,540 ($197,770)

Madison $316,348.20 ($158,174.10)

Middleton $332,584.61 ($166,292.31)

Perry $449,172.54 ($224,586.27)

Salem $311,739.15 ($155,869.58)

St. Clair $784,166.43 ($392,083.22)

Unity $393,444.98 ($196,722.49)

Washington $94,171.20 ($47,085.60)

Wayne $80,763.07 ($40,381.54)

West $324,728.28 ($162,364.14)

Yellow Creek $210,340.13 ($105,170.07)

According to the Ohio Township Association, the latest proposal is an amendment made by the Ohio House Finance Committee to state Senate Bill 111. It specifies that half of the ARP funding, $422 million, is to be distributed to non-entitlement units of local government now to include smaller cities (defined as under 50,000 in population), villages and townships. Locally it appears the cities and villages will share about $4.67 million, while the county’s 18 townships could receive more than $6.1 million.

This pot of ARP money is different from the nearly $20 million the county commissioners are to receive from the federal government.

The OML also released a 35-page document giving some guidance about what the ARP money can and cannot be used for. Some of the uses included COVID-19 response, mitigation and prevention activities; assistance to households, non-profits and businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic; aid to the travel, tourism and hospitality industries negatively impacted; those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic; vaccine incentive programs; back to work incentive programs; public health, public safety, human services and similar employees; mitigating backlogs to government services caused by the pandemic, such as a court case backlog; revenue losses; investments in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure; addressing increased crime levels since the pandemic began; housing assistance; and premium pay for critical infrastructure workers in healthcare, education, childcare, transportation, sanitation, grocery, food production, public health and safety.

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