Senator Schiavoni Introduces Bipartisan Resolution To Address Statewide Water Quality Issues
Grant program would invest $1 billion in water and sewer infrastructure
September 01, 2015
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COLUMBUS – This week, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) introduced S.J.R. 3, a resolution to address water quality issues throughout Ohio. The resolution would permit issuance of state bonds to help preserve and expand sewer and water capital improvements for municipal corporations, counties, townships, and other government entities.

“Ohioans need water that is safe and clean,” said Senator Schiavoni. “We can help meet this need throughout the state without forcing families to bear additional cost. This is a collaborative solution to a critical problem that will enhance quality of life in our communities.”

If voters approve the resolution, the General Assembly may issue not more than $100 million each fiscal year over 10 years for sewer and water capital improvements, injecting $1 billion into targeted infrastructure investment. This grant program would be fiscally responsible and would keep finances well below the constitutionally mandated debt cap of 5%.

“We have the opportunity to improve our drinking water, lower environmental hazards, and increase protection for our natural resources, all while creating thousands of jobs and boosting the economy,” said Senator Schiavoni. “This is good legislation. I hope we can get it passed quickly.”

According to the latest finalized assessments conducted by all states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio has needs totaling about $15.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure and $12.2 billion in drinking water infrastructure. There is extensive documentation of water quality problems directly affecting Ohio residents and widespread support across political lines for addressing the issue.

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