Rep. Landis, Senator Hottinger Announce Introduction Of State Capital Budget
Capital appropriations bill includes more than $1.9 million for Tuscarawas and Holmes counties
February 27, 2018
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) and State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) have announced the introduction of the state's Capital Budget, which invests $2.62 billion statewide, including nearly $2 million in Tuscarawas and Holmes counties.

The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years with the goal of funding needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, waterways and parks. The companion bills introduced today in each chamber also increase the capital investment in mental health and addiction services facilities.

Senator Hottinger and Representative Landis worked with local government and community leaders in Tuscarawas and Holmes counties to understand their needs and priorities.

Local projects include:
• $600,000 for the Holmes Center for the Arts in Berlin
• $400,000 for the Southside Community Park in New Philadelphia for new ball fields, concession stands, restrooms and improvements to the park’s amphitheater and loop trail
• $350,000 for the City of Dover to create an access way from Front Street to the Tuscarawas River as part of its downtown revitalization efforts and to preserve the historic Ohio Erie Canal
• $350,000 for the Buckeye Career Technical Center to build a new facility to house the energy operation program and re-establish the utility lineman program
• $300,000 for Holmes County Workforce Development
• $200,000 for the Tuscarawas County Jail to undergo improvements to increase officer safety
• $75,000 to construct a 10,000-square-foot maintenance building for Holmes County Rails to Trails
• $30,000 for upgrades to the Holmes County Historical Museum

“I want to thank Ohio House Speaker Rosenberger and Senate President Obhof for working with me to secure funding for these valuable projects in our area,” said Representative Landis. “Many apply for these funds, so I am pleased with the amount we were able to bring back to the district. This funding was greatly needed and will be put to great use with the projects that have received these funds.”

"I am pleased with what we were able to accomplish together for our communities through this Capital Budget," said Hottinger. “These investments in crucial infrastructure and economic development projects will surely enhance the quality of life for these communities.”


Supporting Ohio's Schools
• $600 million will be invested in local school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance for primary and secondary facilities.
• Over $483 million will be invested in projects supporting Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities.

Supporting Ohio's Infrastructure
• $514 million will go to local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission, including local roads, bridges, water-supply systems, storm sewers and wastewater systems.
• This includes $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program, which funds the preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.
• Over $234 million for the maintenance and preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks, trails, waterways and wildlife.

Supporting Ohioans in Need
• Nearly $222 million will be invested in critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives, over double the amount spent in the last capital budget.
• This includes $20 million for new opioid community resiliency projects.

Supporting Ohio's Communities
• Nearly $150 million will be used for economic development and cultural projects of local and regional importance to boost growth and increase opportunities throughout the state, in addition to supporting the healthcare projects above.
• A full list of local projects by county and agency will be available online at by the time the Senate and House Finance committees meet on Tuesday, February 27.

The companion bills were introduced in the Ohio Senate as Senate Bill 266 and in the Ohio House as House Bill 529 and are available for review at

Hearings begin today at 11:00 a.m. in the House Finance Committee and 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee and will be broadcast live by The Ohio Channel and streamed at and

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