How Butler County is spending federal ARPA funds, 2023 update
- January 28, 2023
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Overall, Butler Tech received the largest allocation after being granted $15 million, which is intended to be split to build two new training centers, one in Hamilton for the School of Advanced Manufacturing ($8 million) and one in Middletown for the School of Aviation ($7 million).
County officials continued the trend of education investment with a $5 million grant toward Miami University’s College@Elm’s Innovation and Workforce Center. The Journal-News previously reported that the center would host office space, an entrepreneurship center, startups, a workforce and small business development resource center, a design and testing area and space for manufacturing operations in a former Miami food services building.
The county was also able to allocate its own ARPA funds to Butler County municipalities to help with a variety of projects.
To benefit recreation centers, Butler County sent $1.5 million to both Booker T. Washington Center in Hamilton and Middletown’s Sonny Hill Community Center. To assist villages with road and water infrastructure updates, the county sent a combined $4 million to Millville, New Miami, Seven Mile and College Corner. $5 million was allocated to complete paving projects in county townships in 2024.
The county also shuttled $3 million to both Middletown and Fairfield for necessary work along Route 4 to fund the “demolition and rehabilitation of properties” along the corridor, while $1.5 million was necessary to fix the roadways at the fairgrounds in order to host the county’s vaccination clinic.
In the last of the big ticket items already allocated, the county invested $3 million toward the county mental health board’s crisis stabilization center and another $2.5 million to complete the Miami River Trail, which, once completed, will fully connect Fairfield, Hamilton, Middletown, Miamisburg, Dayton, Troy, and Piqua along an uninterrupted bike path.
Federal guidelines mandate that ARPA funds are allocated before the end of 2024, and fully spent by the end of 2026. Boyko said the county’s remaining $6 million has yet to be officially allocated.
Editor’s Note: This story is part of a Journal-News series tracking how dozens of our area’s largest governments are spending hundreds of millions of dollars combined from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Visit our “Billions in COVID aid: Where it’s going” special section on our partner newspaper’s website at daytondailynews.com/investigations/billions-in-covid-aid to see summaries from other communities.