Rescue plan

County Board of Commissioners Approves Allocation of U.S. Bailout Act Funds

HAGERSTOWN, MD (January 28, 2022) – On January 25, 2022, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-0 to adopt a program schedule for funding received under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Washington County government is expected to receive $29.4 million in funds from the United States Department of the Treasury under ARPA. The county received the first allocation of funds in June 2021, totaling $14.7 million and the second allocation will be received in June 2022. All ARPA funds must be allocated by December 31, 2024 and projects completed by December 31, 2026.

To date, approximately $6 million of Washington County’s ARPA funds have been encumbered and spent from the first allocation, with the majority going toward employee bonus payments and broadband expansion. A committee has been established to review program eligibility, county-wide priorities, public input, and recommend eligible programs and projects.

County Administrator John Martirano said, “I am extremely pleased with the Board of County Commissioners’ approval of the use of ARPA funding and a portion of the FY21 CIP reserves for the county. from Washington. County staff and ARPA’s internal committee have worked diligently to determine where these funds are most needed and have presented a targeted approach for the use of the funds. The nonprofit community aid and investment projects, equipment, and programs funded through this unique opportunity will have a significant impact on Washington County and positively affect the citizens of Washington County for generations. future.

In addition to the ARPA funding, there is approximately $7.5 million in county capital improvement plan (CIP) reserves for FY21 that remain unallocated. Below is a chart showing where ARPA and CIP FY21 funds will be allocated, as approved by the Board of County Commissioners.