Eklund Announces State's Capital Bill to Make $2.6 Billion Investment in Ohio's Local Communities
State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) today announced the introduction of this year’s $2.6 billion Capital Budget.
This investment will support the infrastructure priorities of the state and funds needed improvements to community services, school facilities, roads, bridges, waterways and parks. The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years in order to fund pressing projects around the state.
"The state's Capital Budget invests in critical local priorities, with a strong emphasis on investing in services and facilities for Ohio's most vulnerable," said Eklund. "We continue to build on our commitment to support critical improvements in our communities Our ability to do so is attributed to Ohio's strong and growing fiscal condition."
For a full list of local projects, click here.
Statewide Highlights of the Capital Budget:
Supporting Our Schools
- $650 million will be invested in local school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance for primary and secondary facilities.
- More than $428 million for Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities, while nearly $56 million more will support projects that benefit Ohio's statewide university system.
Supporting Our Infrastructure
- A substantial portion of capital spending goes to local roads, bridges, water-supply systems, storm sewers and wastewater systems. $500 million will go to local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission, including up to $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program which funds preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.
- This bill also includes $275 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.
Supporting Ohioans in Need
- With nearly $100 million in funding, the state placed a strong emphasis on investing in critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives.
Supporting Our Communities
- Economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance boost growth and opportunities in our communities.
These investments will help improve the lives of Ohioans and support communities across the state.
For more information on the Capital Budget bill and an overview of the process, clickhere.