Colorado’s state and local governments will be seeing a total of more than $3.8 billion in federal money — including nearly $974 million in the Denver metro — money that the U.S. Treasury started sending Monday as part of pandemic recovery efforts.
The money comes from the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion package signed into law by President Joe Biden in March. That package included $350 billion for state and local governments nationwide, an unprecedented infusion of cash directly to cities, counties and towns that can be spent in several ways.
All of this money is on top of the $37 billion the state received in 2020 from the first round of pandemic funding.
Gene Sperling, the White House’s American Rescue Plan coordinator, told reporters Monday morning that “1.3 million state and local jobs have been lost since the onset of COVID,” and that the majority are local government jobs.
Most governments will receive the money in two tranches, with half arriving this month and the other half in May 2022. Funding can be spent on things to improve public health, address the economic downturn, replace lost tax revenue, increase pay for essential workers or invest in broadband, water and sewer infrastructure.
Colorado’s state government alone will receive $265 million. Here’s a quick glance of how much counties and cities in the Denver metro area are getting, listed in alphabetical order.
- $100 million: Adams County.
- $128 million: Arapahoe County.
- $63 million: Boulder County.
- $21 million: Broomfield County and city, broken down by $14 million to the county and $7 million to the city.
- $308 million: Denver County and city, broken down by $141 million going to the county and $167 million to the city.
- $68 million: Douglas County.
- $113 million: Jefferson County.
- $11 million: Arvada.
- $65 million: Aurora.
- $20 million: Boulder.
- $5.7 million: Castle Rock.
- $8.5 million: Centennial.
- $21.6 million: Lakewood.
- $4.5 million: Parker.
- $21 million: Thornton.
- $14.5 million: Westminster.
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