PHOENIX — The federal government is providing more than $1 billion in state and local funding for the state of Arizona to implement a program aimed at controlling the deadly pests known as the Triangle Pest Control Initiative, according to a state official and officials briefed on the plans.
The program, which was initially announced in November, is expected to cost Arizona about $2.8 billion.
The money will be distributed to the counties, with $500 million going to Phoenix, and $500.5 million to Tucson.
Officials said Phoenix and Tucson are expected to receive about $200 million each.
The other counties are expected under the new program to receive an additional $1.5 billion.
About 40 percent of the funds are earmarked for Arizona’s public schools.
The rest of the money is earmarked to help rural and western counties cope with the pests, the officials said.
The Phoenix area and Tucson were expected to get about $600 million each, said the officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the programs details and requested anonymity because they were not prepared to speak on the record.
In addition to the funding, the state will provide $2 million for the Tucson-area school district, $500,000 to Tucson for the county’s elementary and high school districts and $100,000 for the Phoenix-area city and city schools.
Arizona also will be giving the money to help pay for pest control.
The state will reimburse counties for pest removal costs and provide pest control assistance.
Arizona is the first state to use the money.
About 100 counties, plus the cities of Scottsdale and Tucson, have been participating in the program since it was launched.
Phoenix and Phoenix-Scottsdale counties received $1 million each in the first six months of the program.
Phoenix is also expected to be a major beneficiary of the grant.
Phoenix received $6 million and Tucson $1,500, officials said, adding that they expect to receive a total of $10 million in the coming year.
Officials said the funding will be used to expand pest control and pest control management, as well as to provide training for pest controllers, and to support pest control projects, such as the eradication of the pest, the health department said.
Phoenix and Tucson will also receive grants from the state for the health and human services departments.