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Chavez Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment for District Projects

Funding is First Phase of State Capital Budget Process
June 10, 2024
Brian M. Chavez News

COLUMBUS—State Senator Brian Chavez (R-Marietta) announced the investment of millions of dollars from the One-Time Strategic Community Investment Fund (OTSCIF) to support meaningful projects that will benefit our local communities and residents for years to come.
"I have enjoyed touring the district and learning why these projects are so important here at home," said Chavez. "There were an incredible number of requests for worthy projects, and I am thankful that we were able to allocate state funds to a number of them. This funding represents a critical investment in our neighborhoods, which will make a difference for the generations to come."

The following are some of the projects awarded funding in Senate District 30:

Belmont Volunteer Fire Department - $1,000,000: This new fire station will provide a safe working environment and serve as a temporary warming or cooling center during inclement weather. It will also serve as an Emergency Operations Center for disasters and a community room available to the public.

Mid-Ohio Valley Aquatic Center - $750,000: These funds will be used to add an advanced hydrotherapy treatment center and a warm water exercise & fitness pool ("AHTC/WWP") to the Olympic competitive swimming natatorium.

The Tribe Athletic Complex (TAC) - $500,000: These dollars will help construct the track encircling the football field and outfit the TAC Center with equipment for public use to host community and regional events. 

Bethel Township Volunteer Fire Department Improvements - $400,000: The department will use these dollars to provide equipment for the department to help respond to emergency situations and put a new roof on the fire station. 

The funding for these projects came from the unique, one-time fund established under the state's current operating budget, House Bill 33, passed by the Ohio General Assembly in June of 2023. 

The OTSCIF set aside $700 million as an additional source of funding allowing communities and organizations to apply for help with projects that might not qualify as part of the state's traditional Capital Budget that happens every two years.

Each chamber developed a plan for $350 million of the total amount while coordinating good faith negotiations to determine projects for the OTSCIF.

The Senate Finance Committee will begin hearings on the bill addressing the OTSCIF funding immediately. Click here for a list of projects and a link highlighting specific projects in senators’ districts. Follow On The Record for additional updates as the Capital Budget advances through the General Assembly.