Insights & analysis

Ohio legislative update

5/20/2021
Overview

G2G has read through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)and how funding is being disseminated to the states. We also delved into what is happening in Ohio and the local funding that will go to cities and counties from the ARPA. We wanted to share some of those findings with you. Below is a rundown of major cities and counties in Ohio and the funding they will receive as well as any proposed uses of the ARPA funding. Following that break down, you will find requirements for use of allocated funds, status of funding disbursement, and timeline for spending. Should you have any questions about this information or accessing ARPA funding, please do not hesitate to reach out to the G2G team.

Cleveland
Cleveland will receive $511M and Cuyahoga County will $239M in ARPA funding.

Proposed Spending

  • ~$80 million to replace revenue lost by the city due to pandemic
  • Other proposed spending, but without affixed amounts, include stabilizing the city budget, helping businesses, supporting neighborhood development efforts and expanding internet access.

Status

  • City Council has approved legislation to allow Cleveland to accept federal funds. However, further approval from the City Council will be needed before the administration can spend the money. Discussions of detailed appropriations began in early May.
Cincinnati
Cincinnati will receive $279M and Hamilton County will receive $158M in ARPA funding.

Proposed Spending

  • $107M will be directed toward reducing the budget deficit
  • $5.5M for childcare
  • $2.5M to Port Affordable Housing Trust Fund
  • Money will also be set aside for the city General Fund

Status

  • Cincinnati City Council has held many hearings on appropriation of funding which will likely be decided before the end of May.
columbus
Columbus will receive $187M and Franklin County will receive $255M in ARPA funding.

Proposed Spending

  • Increase access to vaccination for all residents – including minorities and underserved populations
  • Fund employment and summer youth programming, assistance to families in need and employers
  • Food and housing support
  • Help small and minority businesses
  • Support nonprofit community and anchor institutions needed to sustain a recovery

Status

  • There have not been concrete decisions on appropriations at this time.
Toledo
Toledo will receive $181M and Lucas County will receive $83M in APRA funding.

Proposed Spending

  • $53M for budget stabilization and rainy-day fund maintenance
  • $30M for safe neighborhoods
  • $30M for job creation, site clean-up and redevelopment
  • $30M green and healthy housing & housing preservation
  • $30M for youth, recreation, and parks
  • $15M for employee health & wellbeing
  • $1.4M for youth summer camps

Status

  • The Toledo Recovery Committee will review and evaluate projects as part of the Toledo Recovery Plan. They will also review applications for projects during the summer to be submitted for approval to city council in August.
Akron
Akron will receive $145M and Summit County will receive $105M in ARPA funding.

Proposed Spending

  • $30M for parks and public facilities
  • $29M in City IT and budget stabilization, $25M to be kept in cash reserve
  • $25M for housing
  • $25M for utility support including improvements replacement of lead pipes
  • $24M for local economic recovery
  • $20M for community and youth violence prevention

Status

  • Exact allocations are still subject to approval.
Dayton
Dayton will receive $137M and Montgomery County will receive $103M in ARPA funding.

Proposed Spending

  • Mayor Whaley plans to reinstate the local police and fire academies, which were expected to be canceled in 2021 due to budget shortfalls.
  • The city of Dayton will use some of its federal coronavirus relief money to provide many employees with a one-time $2,000 payment.
  • The city is also eyeing revitalization projects for neighborhoods hardest hit economically by the pandemic.

Status

  • There have not been concrete decisions on appropriations at this time.
youngstown
Youngstown will receive $82M and Mahoning County will receive $44M in ARPA funding.

Proposed Spending

  • $5M for broadband installation
  • $4.5M in wastewater project debts
  • $2.5M to account for lost tax revenue
  • Also proposed: new parking facilities, city ambulance services, and community centers

Status

  • Mayor Brown is planning a strategic planning session toward the end of May with City Council and  members of the administration and community to get input on how to best utilize the funds.
use of funds
Appropriate use of funds includes:
  • Support urgent COVID-19 response efforts to continue to decrease spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control
  • Direct COVID-19 containment, testing, vaccination, mitigation, medical care and supplies, quarantine facilities, public health surveillance health communication and enforcement in hospitals, clinics, schools, clinics
  • Replace lost revenue to strengthen support for vital public services and help retain jobs
  • Support immediate economic stabilization for households and businesses
  • Address systemic public health and economic challenges that have contributed to the unequal impact of the pandemic
  • Capital investments in facilities to achieve the above
  • Revenue loss is an eligible use for allocated funds as per guidelines
  • Water, sewer, broadband expenditures
nonprofit eligibility
Funding to entities (including nonprofits) whose activities fall under the ‘eligible uses’ of allocated money is permitted.
  • Exact rules, criteria and timeline for awarding funds to nonprofits and other potential recipients at local level appears subject to priorities of local authorities
  • Certain communities are conducting participatory budgeting to ensure equitable distribution of funds to businesses and nonprofits
timeline
  • For most eligible jurisdictions, half of their allocated amount will be distributed in May 2021, the remainder in May 2022.
  • Certain jurisdictions with higher unemployment than the national average may see entirety of allocated funds disbursed earlier.
  • All funds must be spent by end of 2024.