COLUMBUS–Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley) today announced the Ohio Senate has passed Senate Joint Resolution 6. The resolution, which Senator LaRose cosponsored, advances the renewal of the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP). The partnership between SCIP and the Ohio Public Works Commission finances public capital improvements to preserve and improve public infrastructure in communities across Ohio. 
 
“A growing economy relies on infrastructure investment and that’s what I affirmed with my vote today,” said LaRose.
 
The program has been extremely 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.
 
“This program makes a significant investment both in jobs for our fellow Ohioans and in the safety of Ohio’s families,” added LaRose.” We’ve also made certain to maintain Ohio’s conservative bond debt tradition so that we can invest in our communities without increasing taxes on hard working Ohioans.”
 
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 continue the program’s proven track record of creating jobs, improving the quality of life for all Ohioans, and in many cases, ensuring public health and safety for years to come.
 
Today’s vote was crucially important to our local governments. Passage of Senate Joint Resolution 6 makes certain that this important program continues to operate and fund the projects needed to grow our economy, put Ohioans back to work, and ensure public health and safety. Local government leaders through Senator LaRose’s district have been speaking out in support of todays vote. Here are some of their thoughts:
 
“Wooster has greatly benefitted from both grant and zero interest loan funding through the OPWC for many decades in various public infrastructure projects in our city. I believe that OPWC is one of the best vehicles the State of Ohio has to distribute state funds proportionately throughout the state for local infrastructure projects.”

–Wooster Mayor Bob Breneman
 
“The program enables Ohio municipalities to undertake greatly needed infrastructure improvement projects that the village would otherwise not be able to afford.  The road and sewer projects that are funded directly improve the quality of life of the village’s residents and greatly enhance the village’s economic development efforts."

–Village of Northfield Mayor Jesse Nehez
 
“Grants and loans through OPWC’s programs have been critical to Twinsburg.  They have enabled the City to make roadway, bridge and infrastructure improvements while recovering from significant income tax revenue losses. Resulting project cost savings have made it easier for benefitted property owners and residents to manage their budgets while at the same time making it easier for the city to manage its budget.”

–Twinsburg Mayor Katherine Procop
 
The grants that we have received in Rittman have been important to us to help keep our local infrastructure maintained and up to date so that we have better opportunities to successfully compete for economic development opportunities.  The competitive grant process allows communities like Rittman to apply for grants based on our local needs and priorities.”

Rittman Mayor Bill Robertson
 
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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