Another day, another stimulus program rollout. Today it’s $2 billion for Justice Assistance Grants (JAG). Washington’s share is $36.7 million, which will be split 60-40 between state and local governments.
The list of eligible programs is wide-ranging: “hiring and support for law enforcement officers; multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces; crime prevention and domestic violence programs; and courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives,” according to the press release.
The local money is being divvied up using a formula based on population and violent crime statistics. This seems to help the City of Tacoma, which is eligible for nearly $1.4 million. Meanwhile, Pierce County gets about half that. If it were based only on short-term need, you could argue that the county, which is having a budget crisis and runs the jail, sheriff’s patrols and part of the court system ought to have a bigger share. Tacoma is one of the few local governments that seems to be weathering the economic storm.
Here are the eligibility numbers for local jurisdictions.
TACOMA CITY $1,394,464
PIERCE COUNTY $773,319
LAKEWOOD CITY $340,124
FEDERAL WAY CITY $211,276
AUBURN CITY $185,913
PUYALLUP CITY $83,106
UNIVERSITY PLACE CITY $63,179
SUMNER CITY $32,835
FIFE CITY $27,853
BONNEY LAKE CITY $26,268
EDGEWOOD CITY $12,228
GIG HARBOR CITY $11,322
FIRCREST CITY $10,643
YELM CITY $10,190
Local statewide total $14,304,690
State of Washington $22,401,901
Total for Washington $36,706,591
Click here to see the entire spreadsheet for the state.
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