Peterson, Scherer Announce $2.1 Billion Investment in Ohio's Communities, Highlight Local Projects in Ross County
Capital Bill provides economic stimulus, jobs to local communities by funding improvements to Ohio's schools, infrastructure and public services
COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) and State Representative Gary Scherer, (R-Circleville) 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 amended into Senate Bill 310.
"These community projects are vital to the 17th Senate District’s economy, infrastructure and workforce," Peterson said. "I am proud to support projects that will bolster economic growth and secure thousands of jobs in the coming years."
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 Ross County. A full list of community projects can be found here.
- $500,000 for the World Heritage Visitor and Welcome Center
- $150,000 for improvements to the Ross County Fairgrounds
“This investment will provide critical funds to our community, allowing these organizations in the 92nd House District to make essential improvements to their infrastructure while creating jobs and promoting the economy," said Scherer.
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.
- $62.5 million to support the Clean Ohio program which funds preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.
- $253 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.
- $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.
Both the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives approved the budget last week, and the bill has been sent to the Governor for his consideration.
For more information on the Capital Budget bill process, click here