COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) today announced the Senate passage of the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 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.”
In total, Pickaway County received $550,000 in funding for important community projects including:
- Pickaway Agricultural and Event Center: $400,000 will be used to construct a multi-purpose community amphitheater into an existing hillside at the Fairgrounds, which will enhance access to this local cultural attraction for county residents. The amphitheater will be used by the local acting group and for events during the Circleville Pumpkin Show.
- Ohio Christian University: $150,000 was allocated for the Ohio Cristian University Business Innovation Center and will be used for the enhancement of their IT training lab.
In total, Ross County received $870,000 million in funding for a variety of important community projects. Examples of projects that have been approved in the 17th Senate District include:
- Yoctangee Park Historic Armory Renovation: $250,000 has been allocated to renovate the historic armory to add classroom space for a business incubator, education, arts and recreation. A business incubator is a program that helps fledgling businesses get started, whether through a providing temporary office space or management training. A basketball court on the second floor will also be renovated.
- Majestic Theatre: $500,000 will be used to renovate and expand this historic cultural attraction, located on East Second Street, to make the facility far more visitor-friendly.
In total, Gallia County received $515,000 in funding for important community projects. Examples of projects that have been approved in the county include:
- Fields of Hope Prevention Center Renovations: $250,000 will be used in the renovation of an old high school to create office space, bathrooms and a multipurpose facility for a community that has been deeply affected by the opiate epidemic. Field of Hope is a faith-based, non-profit organization that seeks to counsel substance and alcohol abusers and their families.
- Gallipolis Railroad Freight Station Museum Restoration: $125,000 has been allocated to make needed updates and restorations for an ongoing project to to turn the old freight depot in the 800 block of Third Avenue into a museum celebrating the history of southeastern Ohio railroads.
In total, Clinton County received almost $4.5 million in funding for important community projects. A couple examples of projects that have been approved for funding in the county include:
- Laurel Oaks Career Center: $1.5 million was approved to add a large multi-purpose space, increased classroom space and a connector between what is currently two separate buildings. Laurl Oaks is the largest growing Joint Vocation campus in the Great Oaks family.
- Clinton County Police and Fire Memorial: $250,000 has been allocated for the construction of the Clinton County Police and Fire Memorial to honor the brave first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the community safe.
In total, Lawrence County received $1 million in funding for a very important community project. The Lawrence County Community Center will construct a new building that will house EMS services and a senior citizen center on the Fairgrounds in Proctorville. The two senior living facilities that are within close proximity will be able to utilize the center for events.
For a full list of community projects by county, click here
STATEWIDE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAPITAL BILL:
Supporting Ohio's Schools
Supporting Ohio's Infrastructure
- $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 Ohioans in Need
- $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 Ohio's Communities
- 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.
- 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.