Rep. Reineke Announces Introduction Of State Capital Budget
Capital appropriations bill includes nearly $2 million for projects in Sandusky and Seneca counties
March 02, 2018
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) has announced the introduction of the state's Capital Budget, which invests $2.62 billion statewide, including more than $1.9 million in funding for projects in Sandusky and Seneca 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 in both the Ohio House (HB 529) and Ohio Senate (SB 266) also increase the capital investment in mental health and addiction services facilities.

Rep. Reineke worked with local government and community leaders in Sandusky and Seneca counties to understand their needs and priorities.

Local projects include:

Sandusky County
• $1 million for the Ohio Partnership for Water, Industrial and Cyber Security
• $300,000 for Chudinski Johannsen Conservancy Park
• $123,000 for the Upland Reservoir Trail
• $78,000 for the Sandusky River Sand Dock
• $50,000 for the Northwest Ohio Community Technology Learning Center
• $25,000 for the North Coast Inland Trail Hub

Seneca County
• $300,000 for the Tiffin Recreation, Arts and Learning Park
• $50,000 for the Tiffin History Museum
• $50,000 for the Roger Young & Biggs Kettner Parks Tennis Courts

“I want to thank the local leaders who worked together to make these projects a reality, as well as the universities for being innovative in utilizing their unique capabilities to provide purpose for our youth and supply our workforce,” Reineke said.

Statewide, the capital budget invests $600 million in school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance, as well as $483 million for projects supporting Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities.

It also features $514 million to repair roads, bridges, water-supply systems and storm sewers. This includes $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program, which funds the preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.

Among other funding contained in the legislation is nearly $222 million for critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives.

House Bill 529 and Senate Bill 266 will be vetted in each chamber’s respective Finance committees beginning this week.

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