Nineteen Local Governments Claim $8.5M in Rescue Funds

HARRISBURG PA – More than $3.52 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds were distributed Thursday (July 8, 2021) to seven western Montgomery County municipalities, Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity reported. Her agency’s release of the money mirrors a separate and additional distribution of more than $4.98 million made last week to another 12 local governments, she noted.

The total of about $8.5 million is intended to “address negative economic impacts due to the pandemic, replace lost public sector revenue, support public health, assist essential workers, and invest in infrastructure improvements such as water, sewer or broadband services,” the Treasury Department said.

Receiving money Thursday were:

  • Lower Pottsgrove Township, $635,865;
  • West Pottsgrove Township, $200,860;
  • Limerick Township, $1,010,214;
  • Lower Frederick Township, $257,904;
  • Upper Hanover Township, $420,665;
  • Lower Salford Township, $812,704; and
  • Trappe Borough, $194,946.

Receiving Garrity’s June 29 (Tuesday) distribution were:

  • Pottstown Borough, $1,182,762;
  • Upper Pottsgrove Township, $301,237;
  • New Hanover Township, $691,444;
  • Douglass (Montgomery) Township, $552,077;
  • Upper Frederick Township, $191,701;
  • Green Lane Borough, $26,481;
  • Schwenksville Borough, $72,169;
  • Royersford Borough, $248,851;
  • Upper Providence Township, $1,274,609;
  • Boyertown Borough, $213,054
  • Douglass (Berks) Township, $188,770; and
  • Bechtelsville Borough, $49,665.

Overall disbursements made this week across the state benefited 649 municipalities with a total of $143.3 million. When combined with 484 payments made last week totaling $168.5 million, the treasurer claimed 1,133 Pennsylvania municipalities so far have received $311.8 million under the act’s “Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery” program.

Some area municipalities have not yet gotten their share of the federal funds, Garrity acknowledged, either because they are scheduled in a later distribution or they have not yet applied for the money as required by federal guidelines.

The number of municipalities provided funding represents less than half of the more than 2,500 municipalities that qualify for payments, the department stated. Treasury will continue to pay municipalities “on a rolling basis as they complete the necessary steps to receive payment,” it added.

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