Hoagland Announces $2.1 Billion Investment in Ohio's Communities, Highlights Local Projects
Capital Bill provides economic stimulus, jobs to local communities by funding improvements to Ohio's schools, infrastructure and public services
COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) today announced the passage of the state's capital budget, a $2.1 billion investment in Ohio's schools, infrastructure, public services and local community projects.
The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years, and the bill funds needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, and mental health and addiction facilities. The budget was passed today as an amendment to Senate Bill 310.
"I am proud of the variety of projects awarded to the 30th District and am looking forward to seeing both their local and state impact," said Hoagland. "Community and business leaders have worked together to ensure our region of the state continues to see economic prosperity and opportunity for the hard working people of southeast Ohio."
Over $171 million will be used for economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance to boost growth and increase opportunities throughout the state. Below is a summary of key community project funding in the 30th district. A full list of community projects can be found here.
- $400,000 for the Ohio Veterans Drug and TMS Treatment project to be used for the expansion of access to Ohio Veterans living in the rural regions of Ohio suffering from substance use disorders and mental illness. The TMS program will use the funds for a mobile clinic which will increase the service area to include Veterans living in Carroll, Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, Noble, Monroe, Washington, Athens, Meigs and Vinton Counties.
- $300,000 for the Hocking College Aquaculture Project to be used for renovations to the Hocking College fish hatchery training center and provide the technical expertise, real-world experience, and community resources for fish farms in Ohio and surrounding states.
- $200,000 for Vinton County Emergency Response Correctional Facility renovations, creating an additional 30 jobs.
Investing in Our Schools
- $305 million will be invested in local school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance for primary and secondary facilities. This is in addition to the $300 million already approved this year by the General Assembly in Senate Bill 4.
- $452 million will be invested in projects supporting Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities.
Investing in Our Infrastructure
- A substantial portion of capital spending goes to local roads, bridges, water-supply systems, storm sewers and wastewater systems, and $280 million will be directed to local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission. This is in addition to the $255 million for the Public Works Commission already approved by the General Assembly in Senate Bill 4.
- $253 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.
- $62.5 million to support the Clean Ohio program which funds preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.
- $18 million to improve the security and efficiency of public agency websites and the MARCS first responder communications system.
Investing in Our Communities
In addition to the local community projects listed above:
- $95.6 million will be invested in critical health and human services funding for mental health and addiction treatment facilities in communities across the state.
- $280.7 million for renovations of state and local prisons.
For more information on the Capital Budget bill process, click here
. The bill now heads to the Governor.