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Proposal plans spending for first $80 million tranche of federal ARPA funding
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., July 15, 2021 – Yesterday, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers submitted his proposed COVID-19 recovery spending plan to the Snohomish County Council. The plan provides a strategic structure and proposed appropriations for the first of two approximately $80 million payments from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Snohomish County received its first ARPA payment of $79.8 million in May 2021. The second is expected in May of 2022. The proposal suggests using the first payment for critical shorter-term needs and the second for longer-term and capital projects.
“Snohomish County has been responding to COVID-19 longer than any other local jurisdiction in the country, and our proposed spending plan for federal ARPA funds will allow us to save lives, prevent illness, support economic recovery, and provide support to those who are struggling as a result of the pandemic,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “We know that workers and businesses have struggled. Rates of substance abuse and mental health crises have spiked. Many families are concerned about keeping their home and putting food on the table. Our Snohomish County Recovers plan will address these and other critical issues.”
“We came together as a community to find a path forward through this challenging and unprecedented time,” said Snohomish County Council Chair Stephanie Wright. “As we move towards recovery, we must continue to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of our community, and help our businesses and workforce get back to what they do best.”
This plan was developed after consultations with Snohomish County Councilmembers, county leadership, experts, community advocates, local elected officials, businesses, and others who are part of our pandemic response and recovery.
Executive Somers proposes to use a three-part strategic framework for recovery efforts: stabilize, organize and strategize.
The proposed plan will now be under consideration by the Snohomish County Council.
A copy of the plan is attached.