June 28, 2011 by wcobserver
By Jamie Smith
The Washington County Quorum Court gave the green light to several grant applications that are being sought throughout the county. The court also gave approval to several agencies to apply for various grants during the court’s monthly meet on Thursday, June 9.
The county’s environmental affairs office will be submitting an application for a grant from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s Solid Waste Management Division for $56,500 to purchase materials for the Household Hazardous Waste Program. No county match is required.
A grant application for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program 2011 Grant will be submitted. No match from the county is required. The grant, which the county has received before, would be used for “correctional purposes.”
The County Judge’s Office and the County Sheriff’s Office will submit an application for a grant from the Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission for $3,450 that will be used to purchase fire-prevention materials for the Washington County Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention Task Force. No county match is required.
The Sheriff’s Office will apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance to fund the percentage of the cost for new bullet-proof vests. The amount for the grant is not determined until it is awarded but it could cover up to 50 percent of the costs.
In other county-related news from the meeting, JP Candy Clark reported that the county is already seeing effects of the 2010 U.S. Census on county sales tax revenue. The new census forced a redistribution of the state’s one-cent sales tax among the county’s various entities. Each entity gets a percentage based on its portion of the population. Fayetteville and Springdale grew, while the county’s portion shrunk. The county went from receiving 23 percent of the county’s sales tax revenue allotment to 18 percent. While the county is seeing a decrease, the sales tax revenue is coming in at an expected rate for this time of year.
County Judge Marilyn Edwards also shared information with the court members. Edwards said that planned work on bridges and roads has been forced to slow down because county road crews are still finding damage from the spring storms that is of a more immediate concern.
“We’re continuing to find damage we didn’t know we had,” she said.
Edwards said she has been pleased with the response from FEMA in regards to the county’s disaster relief.