Senate District 17
Bob Peterson
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peterson Announces Capital Budget Introduction, Highlights Local Projects
February 26, 2018
COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), State Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township), and State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today announced the introduction of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.6 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects. 


“The Capital Budget represents state investment in our local communities. Through bond dollars and not taxpayer expense, we are able to financially support a wide variety of local projects that support and uplift our neighborhoods,” said Peterson. “These improvements are created and coordinated by local leaders and I am proud to be able to help boost them.”

Historically, the General Assembly enacts a capital budget every even-numbered year, and the bill funds needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including (but not limited to) schools, roads and bridges, waterways and parks. The identical bills introduced today in each chamber also make significant increases to the capital investment in mental health and addiction services facilities.
 
“The legislature is dedicated to bringing stability and prosperity to Ohio,” said Uecker. “I am excited that we have an opportunity to give back to our local communities to ensure that our families are safe and children can continue to thrive."

The proposed bill allocates state funds for projects in Lawrence County including a multi-purpose building at the Fairgrounds that will be home to a senior citizen center and a 911 dispatch center.
 
“This capital bill provides a chance to address infrastructure and community development in a way that will help move the area forward,” said Smith.
 


STATEWIDE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAPITAL BILL:
 

Supporting Ohio's Schools



  • $600 million will be invested in local school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance for primary and secondary facilities.

  • Over $483 million will be invested in projects supporting Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities.


Supporting Ohio's Infrastructure



  • $514 million will go to local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission, including local roads, bridges, water-supply systems, storm sewers and wastewater systems. 

  • This includes $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program, which funds the preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.

  • Over $234 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.


Supporting Ohioans in Need



  • Nearly $222 million will be invested in critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives, over double the amount spent in the last capital budget.

  • This includes $20 million for new opioid community resiliency projects.


Supporting Ohio's Communities



  • Nearly $150 million will be used for economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance to boost growth and increase opportunities throughout the state, in addition to supporting the healthcare projects above.

  • A full list of local projects by county and agency will be available online at www.lsc.ohio.gov by the time the Senate and House Finance committees meet on Tuesday, February 27.


The companion bills were introduced today in the Ohio Senate as Senate Bill 266 and in the Ohio House as House Bill 529 and are available for review at www.legislature.ohio.gov. Hearings begin Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee and 11:00 a.m. in the House Finance Committee and will be broadcast live by The Ohio Channel and streamed at www.OhioSenate.gov and www.OhioHouse.gov.  
 
For more information on the Capital Budget bill process, visit http://www.obm.ohio.gov/budget/capital/.


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