$80 million from capital budget heading to Clark County

first_imgClark County will finally get funding for a much-anticipated list of infrastructure and construction projects after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the $4.2 billion capital budget on Friday.Passage of the budget had been held up for months over an impasse regarding water rights. According to numbers provided by the state Office of Financial Management, Clark County is expected to receive $80 million to make improvements to schools, social services facilities, habitat restoration and other projects.Clark County will also receive portions of appropriations included in the budget for other projects geared toward mental health and conservation. Some projects included in the budget overlap with neighboring counties.“It’s a fantastic thing,” said Jan Wichert, executive director of Bridgeview, a Vancouver-based nonprofit that provides assistance to low-income individuals. “It takes a real weight off our shoulders and pushes us forward on the path to be better able to serve the folks of Clark County.”The capital budget contains two grants worth $1.2 million for the Bridgeview Education and Employment Resource Center, which is meant to be a one-stop shop for services and support for low-income households. Last year, Bridgeview began work on the new facility on faith that the budget would eventually be approved.last_img read more