COLUMBUS - Today, the Dayton City Commission voted to pass a resolution in support of Senate Joint Resolution 3 (SJR 3), which would help fund local sewer and water infrastructure improvements statewide. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), who sponsored SJR3, testified before the Commission in favor of the resolution.

“I greatly appreciate Mayor Nan Whaley and the Dayton City Commission’s support on this critical issue,” said Senator Schiavoni. “SJR 3 would help local leaders fund water and sewer projects that need the most immediate attention in their own communities.”

SJR 3 would allow the General Assembly to authorize up to $100 million per fiscal year over a 10-year period for sewer and water capital improvements across Ohio, for a total investment of $1 billion. SJR 3 would not raise taxes, and would still keep Ohio well below the constitutionally mandated debt cap of 5%.

“We are at a crossroad," said Senator Schiavoni. "Do we make the necessary investments now, or push this issue down the road for the next generation to fix?”

The most recent report card from the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Engineers gives Ohio’s drinking water a D+, and its waste water systems a C-. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates Ohio needs a $14.2 billion investment in wastewater infrastructure, plus an additional $12.6 billion for capital improvements over 20 years.

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