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Rural County Public Facility Funds

Cowlitz County is accepting project proposals eligible for funding with rural county public facility funds.  Project Proposal Originals and Six (6) copies are due no later than March 26, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. which is an extended deadline.

Link:

     UPDATED: 2015 Press Release - EXTENDED DEADLINE DATE
     UPDATED: 2015 Calendar - Project Timeline - INCLUDING EXTENDED DEADLINE DATE
     2015 Public Agencies Invited to Submit Project Proposals - Cover Letter
     2015 Application - Project Information Sheet: Rural County Public Facility Funds
     Rural County Projects Funded by Agencies

For more information, call Katrina Harris at (360) 577-3065, ext. 2786

Background:

Cowlitz County is the recipient of certain sales and use taxes, commonly known as rural county public facility funds.  These funds may be used only for the purposes authorized by R.C.W. 82.14.370: namely, to finance public facilities serving economic development purposes in rural counties.  The public facility must be listed as an item in the County's capital facilities plan or the capital facilities plan of a city or town located in Cowlitz County.

The statute defines public facilities as: bridges, roads, domestic and industrial water facilities, sanitary sewer facilities, earth stabilization, storm sewer facilities, railroad, electricity, natural gas, buildings, structures, telecommunications infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, or commercial infrastructure, and port facilities in the state of Washington.  Economic development is defined as those purposes that facilitate the creation or retention of businesses and jobs in Cowlitz County.

Cowlitz County began identifying projects that meet the criteria of State law and the program intent of the Board of Commissioners in 1998.  The Board of Commissioners has awarded over $18 million in Rural Public Facility funding to further the economic development in Cowlitz County.



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