Treasurer Recycles Recovery Cash to Local Governments

The state Treasury Building in Harrisburg (at top), and PA Treasurer Stacy Garrity

HARRISBURG PA – About 75 Pennsylvania boroughs, townships and villages either failed to apply for, or decided they didn’t want, money being distributed by the federal government under last year’s American Rescue Plan Act. What those governments declined, though, local municipalities have happily agreed to accept.

More than $1.5 million in “unclaimed funds from last year’s first round of payments” under the act were re-distributed late last week “to qualifying Pennsylvania municipalities,” State Treasurer Stacy Garrity said Tuesday (July 19, 2022). That lucky group, she acknowledged, included several entities in western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and northern Chester counties.

“Local officials can put these additional dollars to good use as their communities continue to rebound from the impact of the pandemic,” Garrity observed. The reallocated payments made on Friday are relatively small, she admitted. The largest was $8,263.

Receiving re-distributions, according to Garrity, were:

In Montgomery County: Pottstown, $3,739; Lower Pottsgrove, $2,010; Upper Pottsgrove, $952; West Pottsgrove, $635; Limerick, $3,194; New Hanover, $2,186; Douglass (Montgomery), $1,745; Upper Frederick, $606; Upper Hanover, $1,330; East Greenville, $486; Pennsburg, $637; Red Hill, $390; Green Lane, $83; Salford, $487; Upper Salford, $556; Lower Salford, $2,569; Lower Frederick, $815; Schwenksville, $228; Skippack, $2,350; Perkiomen, $1,512; Trappe, $616; Collegeville, $856; Upper Providence, $4,029; and Royersford, $786.

In Berks County: Hereford, $502; Bally, $206; Washington, $714; Bechtelsville, $157; Boyertown, $673; Colebrookdale, $852; Douglass (Berks), $596; Amity, $2,179; Union, $621; and Birdsboro, $851.

In Chester County: Phoenixville, $2,807; East Pikeland, $1,245; East Vincent, $1,215; Spring City, $546; East Coventry, $1,117; South Coventry, $437; and North Coventry, $1,316.

The funds can be used for investing in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure; supporting public health; helping households, small businesses, impacted industries, and nonprofits recover from economic impacts; assisting essential workers; and replacing lost public sector revenue.

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