Federal funds & bond hearings day 2

The work session for LD 1507, An Act To Establish a Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Program and Allocation this morning resulted in an OTP-AM report.

Questions asked by the committee yesterday yielded some answers:

  • There is no existing guidance for the Unorganized Territories
  • Municipal budgets used to determine funding levels are the most recently passed as of January 27, 2020
  • Allocations are capped at 75% of that budget
  • Additional information is available in a memo from the Commissioner

LD 1507 will be before the House on Wednesday, April 28. Guidance from the US Treasury is forthcoming, it is not expected until the middle of May.

LD 1507 is necessary to allow the state to distribute federal funds from the American Recovery Plan Act (ARP) to municipalities. Amounts by town can be found in the Commissioner’s testimony.

Maine “Metro” locales are slated to receive the following directly:

CityAmount (in millions)
Auburn$14.2
Bangor$21.1$
Biddeford$11.7
Lewiston$22.8
Portland$48.2

Counties can expect to receive the following directly:

CountyAmount (in millions)
Androscoggin$21M
Aroostook$13M
Cumberland$57.2M
Franklin$5.9M
Hancock$10.7M
Kennebec$23.7M
Knox$7.7M
Lincoln$6.7M
Oxford$11.2M
Penobscot$29.5M
Piscataquis$3.3M
Sagadahoc$6.9M
Somerset$9.8M
Waldo$7.7M
Washington$6.1M
York$40.3M

AFA also approved LD 1506, Resolve, To Continue until July 1, 2021 Limited-period Positions Expiring in June 2021 which does exactly what the title says.

The meeting continued in the afternoon with public hearings on the following bonds:

Thursday AFA wraps up public hearings on referred bond bills. The full schedule can be found here.

Those meetings will all be broadcast both on mic and on camera.

Votes and discussions from that meeting and future meetings will be found here along with history on past budgets.

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