Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners have methodically allocated millions of dollars in federal, state, and local assistance to small businesses, municipal governments, fire departments, and nonprofits within the county to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and assist those who were negatively impacted by the pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocated a total of $105.3 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Westmoreland County. In May 2021, Westmoreland County received the first half of these funds in the amount of $52.6 million with the second half anticipated to be received approximately one year after the first installment. On October 28, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners held two public hearings for the purpose of receiving public comment on potential uses of these funds.
The American Rescue Plan Act of allocates a total of $105.3 million in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to Westmoreland County. These funds enable the county to stimulate recovery through the following eligible expense categories:
Funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and spent through 2026.
To further public input, the county issued a public survey. Survey participants were asked "What are your top three (3) priority areas that are most important to you?" in the categories of public health, negative economic impact, services to disproportionately impacted communities, and infrastructure. Survey results can be viewed in the link below:
The Board of Commissioners of Westmoreland County would like to thank everyone who completed the County's American Recovery Plan Survey. Members of the public, who still wish to participate, may /arpasurvey complete the survey.