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Senator Kevin Bacon (R—Minerva Park) today announced the introduction of Ohio’s 2014 Capital Budget, which provides local investment dollars to support individual communities’ construction priorities. The bill funds needed improvements to public facilities across the state including schools, colleges and universities, and parks.
 
The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years in order to fund pressing construction and maintenance projects around the state. The plan also serves as an important funding mechanism for community development and innovation, and enhances the quality of life for people living in Ohio.
 
“The capital budget provides valuable services to Ohioans and assists local government,” said Bacon. “In addition to funding necessary construction projects in the state, the budget provides dollars for neighborhood redevelopment, technology upgrades, and the arts.”
 
Once fully enacted, Ohio’s proposed budget will create approximately 31,000 new jobs over the next several years from the $2.386 billion it injects into needed repairs, maintenance and construction of publicly owned buildings and other infrastructure at the state and local level.
 
The capital budget Franklin County project list includes:

  • $2 million for the Reeb Ave School Renewal project. Once the project is complete, the school will house a number of non-profit agencies and provide a community space for residents in the Southern Gateway area of Columbus. The programming for the Reeb Ave school will include:
    • Workforce and training services provided by the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Organization (COWIC).
    • GED classes and other adult education programs provided by Goodman Guild.
    • Youth Development Programming provided by the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus.
  • $1 million for the Multi-jurisdiction Fiber Project, which would install 34 miles of high capacity fiber optics to connect four communities (Whitehall, Bexley, Reynoldsburg, and Gahanna).
  • $50,000 for the McCoy Community Center in New Albany, which would fund the purchase of a new video projection system. The projection system will enrich the educational programming offered at the Center to K-12 students from the New Albany-Plain Local School District. Additionally, the New Albany community will have access to diverse arts and cultural programming.

The capital budget also includes:

  • $454.5 million for Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities;
     
  • $100 million for the Clean Ohio program to improve outdoor recreational opportunities and fund the preservation of open spaces and farmlands;
     
  • $574.3 million for maintenance and renovations at state-owned facilities including Ohio State Parks, state prisons, mental health facilities and other public facilities.

Additional Franklin County projects and details of the Capital Budget Bill can be found at: www.obm.ohio.gov/SectionPages/Budget/Capital.aspx

 
 
 
  
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