COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Joint Resolution 6, sponsored by Senator Kevin Bacon (R–Minerva Park), which seeks to renew the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP). The partnership between SCIP and the Ohio Public Works Commission finances important public capital improvement and public infrastructure projects across Ohio.
 
“The SCIP program will provide much-needed resources to our local communities,” said Bacon. “Road repair, sewage treatment, and water retention are just a few of the ways in which these resources will be used.”
 
The program has been successful over the course of its nearly 27-year history and has been supported at the polls by voters every time renewal has been needed. The SCIP was originally put before voters and passed in 1987. It has been subsequently put on the ballot by the General Assembly and passed by voters in 1995 and 2005.
 
“The resources will be allocated locally to ensure the people of each community can decide what is best,” added Bacon.
 
The Senate’s plan asks voters to approve a 10-year renewal of the program that would increase the bond funding levels to $175 million annually for the first five years and $200 million annually for the remaining five years.
 
In total, Senate Joint Resolution 6 asks Ohio voters to approve $1.875 billion of investment that will directly benefit local governments and communities. These infrastructure dollars will work to continue the program’s proven track record of creating jobs, improving the quality of life, and in many cases, ensuring public health and safety for years to come.
 
Section 17, article VIII of the Ohio Constitution limits state debt to just 5 percent of the General Revenue Fund. With the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 6, the state maintains its continued commitment to responsible and conservative debt management while also providing the largest funding increase in the program’s history.
 
The resolution now proceeds to the Ohio House of Representatives where it must also receive approval before being placed on the May 2014 ballot.

 
 
 
  
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