Putnam County proposes to give municipalities $10 million in sales tax revenue and ARPA funding

CARMEL — Municipal leaders across Putnam County are supporting County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s proposal to provide cities and towns with $10 million in funding from county sales tax revenue and municipal funding. ‘ARPA.

The county legislature must approve the expenditures.

“This is unprecedented,” Putnam County Legislative Speaker Neal Sullivan said. “I know cities have been asking us for a long time to share sales tax and it’s really great that the county is now able to discuss and think about it. We have never been able to do this before.

Odell proposed that $5 million in county sales tax funding be allocated to Putnam’s six towns and three villages for local infrastructure projects. She also recommended that an additional $5 million of the county’s $19.1 million U.S. bailout funding go to municipalities.

“The county’s strong financial position has allowed us to invest in the future, including a new ‘Share the Growth’ plan, in which the county will increase the amount of sales tax it shares with municipalities based on county sales tax revenue growth. “, said Odell.

The legislature will vote on the entire package at its July 5 regular meeting.

Here is a description of the awarded projects:

School Safety – $2,000,000

The county will create a “Team for School Safety” effort in which Sheriff Kevin McConville and Commissioner of Human Services and Mental Health Michael Piazza, Jr. will work with school district superintendents throughout the county to identify improvements. to ensure the safety of students and staff. .

Public Safety Software – $1,500,000

The county will purchase a new computer aided dispatch (CAD)/records management/jail management system. This technology will improve the ability of our first responder community to communicate and coordinate more effectively, thereby improving public safety.

Police, Fire and EMS Subscriber Radios – $2,500,000

The county will purchase subscriber radios for first responder agencies through the Putnam County Radio Project. This new interoperable communication system will allow the first responder community to more effectively respond to emergencies across the county.

County road infrastructure and equipment – 5,012,507

The county will allocate $600,000 for the purchase of road equipment and $4,412,507 for various road and bridge repairs throughout the county. Use of ARPA funds will allow the county to avoid borrowing $5 million to complete these projects, continuing the successful debt reduction plan executed over the past 11 years.

Putnam County Crisis Stabilization Center – $2,500,000

The county will partner with People USA to create a 24/7 Community Crisis Center, a place where people of all ages can connect immediately with a range of healthcare professionals and providers to address mental health, addictions and/or social determinants needs. ARPA funds will finance two years of expenses.

Mobile Pantry Program – $130,000

The county will partner with Putnam CAP to create a mobile pantry program in Putnam County. The funds would be used to purchase a vehicle and fund an outreach worker to help volunteers and deliver food and educate beneficiaries about other services they may be eligible for.

Pantry refrigeration units – $25,000

The county will provide funding to Second Chance Foods to expand on-site cold storage to their food pantry to enable them to serve more customers.

Town and Village Infrastructure Projects – $5,000,000

The county will provide $5,000,000 in ARPA funding, combined with $5,000,000 in sales tax funding to the six towns and three villages in Putnam County to complete vital water and sewer infrastructure projects , food insecurity, roads, bridges and buildings across Putnam County. These projects have been reviewed and approved by the members of the Putnam County Legislative Assembly whose districts they represent.

Administrative expenses – $30,000

The county will allocate $30,000 for various consulting services required to administer the ARPA program.

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