COLUMBUS–Senator Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton) today announced the Ohio Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 6, which seeks to renew 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. 
The State Capital Improvement Program was established in 1987 as a constitutional amendment under the leadership of Senator Oelslager and then Senate President Paul Gillmor. It has been subsequently placed on the ballot by the General Assembly and renewed by the voters twice.
“The State Capital Improvement Program is one of the most efficient ways the state can support our local governments,” said Oelslager. “This effort increases job opportunities, improves our local communities, and makes Ohio a safer place to live and work.”
Senate Joint Resolution 6 asks for the approval of a 38.88% increase over the program’s ten-year span.  If renewed, $175 million would be given to local governments for each of the first five years and $200 million in each of the remaining five years, totaling $1.875 billion over the next ten years.  These bonds are backed by the State, and paid as a debt service from the General Revenue Fund. 
The pending proposal is the largest increase since the program’s inception.  SCIP will help local governments complete public works projects including roads, bridges, culverts, water supply systems, wastewater systems, waste disposal facilities and storm water systems. 

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 must now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives where, if approved, will then be placed on the ballot during the May 2014 election.

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