COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) announced today he has secured funding for key projects in the 31st District, including $1,025,000 for six projects in Tuscawaras County and $285,000 for two projects in Holmes County.
"I am pleased that we are able to support our local communities through the Capital Budget this year,” said Hottinger. "The investments made today in projects like local parks and cultural centers will go a long way to improve the quality of life and opportunities for residents of the 31st Senate District."
Capital Budget funding secured by Hottinger for Tuscawaras County:
- $330,000 to the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for the reconstruction of historic Fort Laurens. Fort Laurens is the only Revolutionary War site in Ohio, and the new construction of the fort will be a welcome addition to the Ohio Erie Canal Towpath. Fort Laurens will be an additional attraction for tourists and an educational piece for the community.
- $300,000 to the Friends of the Homeless of Tuscarawas County, Inc. These funds will go towards building the House of Hope, a homeless shelter to provide food, counseling, and other services to rebuild the lives of individuals and families throughout the area.
- $200,000 to the Village of Tuscarawas for improvements at Tuscarawas Memorial Park. Funds will be used to update the park for the use of youth athletics and community events.
- $95,000 for the Zoar Community Auditorium Accessibility project.
- $50,000 to the Zoar Community Association for the Bolivar Mansard Building Project. Funds will be used for the improvement of the historic site and to update visitor amenities.
- $50,000 to the Ohio Outdoor Historical Drama Association, Inc. for the Trumpet in the Land drama tower project. Funds will allow Trumpet in the Land, Ohio's official state play, to continue its legacy as the longest running outdoor theatre production in the state.
Capital Budget funding secured by Hottinger for Holmes County:
- $250,000 to the Holmes Center for the Arts, LLC to complete a new theater. The new space will be used for education, events, and performances in the arts. It will also allow the Center to expand its special arts programming that focuses on reaching at-risk teens, the mentally and physically disabled, and the senior population.
- $35,000 to the Holmes County Historical Society Victorian House Museum, which is the home to a collection of Holmes County history and the society’s museum of Victoriana.
A full list of community projects for the entire state will be available later this week.
The Capital Budget will go to the Governor's desk for signing once it is approved by the House and Senate on Wednesday.