COLUMBUS - State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) last week announced the introduction of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects.
The Ohio General Assembly generally approves a capital budget every two years with the goal of funding needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, waterways and parks. The companion bills introduced in each chamber significantly increase the capital investment in mental health and addiction services facilities.
“Our Capital Budget places special emphasis on economic growth, improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable and increasing investments in Ohio's rural communities," said Senator Hoagland. "I am proud of the hard work we were able to accomplish, alongside local leaders, to invest over $2 million for the good people of Southeast Ohio."
Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe and Washington counties all received state funding for various projects. Among others, these projects included $500,000 for the Start Westward of the United States National Monument in Marietta, symbolizing Lewis and Clark's westward exploration, $100,000 for upgrades of the Southeast Ohio History Center in Athens and $200,000 for improvements to the Powhatan Point Marina in Belmont County. The Capital Budget also included a $24 million investment for capital improvements to Ohio University.
For a full list of community projects sorted by county, click here.