Rep. Gonzales Announces Introduction Of Bill To Fund Community Improvement Projects
SB 310 invests in Ohio's communities, encourages economic development
April 22, 2016
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State Representative Ann Gonzales (R-Westerville) today announced that a bill to fund community improvement projects has passed the Ohio Senate and will now receive consideration by the Ohio House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 310, also known as the capital budget bill, invests a total of nearly $2.6 billion in funding across Ohio for priorities like infrastructure, workforce development and the arts. The most significant portion of the funding goes toward supporting repairs and renovations at primary and secondary education facilities through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

A significant part of the funding goes toward higher education needs, such as for facility maintenance and learning programs.

The capital budget’s investments are consistent with the legislature’s commitment of fiscal responsibility and a stronger, more competitive economic climate.

The original version of the bill includes projects in northeastern Franklin County:

• $100,000 for the Westerville WARM Center
• $500,000 for the Otterbein University STEAM Innovation Center
• $1 million for the Charleen and Charles Hinson Ampitheater
• $250,000 for the McCutcheon Road Park

“I was pleased that all of my community’s projects were included in the bill passed by the Senate,” said Gonzales. “Each of these projects address the unique needs and plans each city has for their community and I am proud to represent such a diverse district that is continuing to grow.”

The capital budget is the product of close collaboration between Governor John Kasich, state agencies, presidents of Ohio’s colleges and universities, local leaders, legislative members and leaders, members of the economic development community, and others within Ohio’s communities.

The legislation passed the Ohio Senate this week and now awaits consideration by the Ohio House.

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