COLUMBUS – State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) last week voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 377, bipartisan legislation to release the second, $442 million batch of local government funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan to Ohio’s cities, villages and townships serving 50,000 people or less. Communities of more than 50,000 people receive their allocation directly from the federal government.
HB 377 brings the total distribution to local governments to $844 million. The distribution amounts are in accordance with a population-based formula from the American Rescue Plan Act and guidance issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
“The funds allocated to Cuyahoga County communities will total over $64 million dollars. Just last night, Rep. Crossman and I were in Maple Heights listening to the mayor lament the cuts to the local government fund—which occurred during the Kasich administration—that still have not been restored. These federal funds will help pave roads, open pools and pay first responders. The State of Ohio should continue to reinvest in our cities and villages, but until we do, HB 377 will help provide relief,” said Rep. Kent Smith.
The local governments in Ohio House District 8 will receive the following funds:
City of Beachwood – $1,214,064.78
City of Richmond Heights – $1,083,336.45
City of South Euclid – $2,230,883.31
Village of Woodmere – $89,352.65
House Bill 377 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.