Rep. Scherer, Sen. Peterson Applaud Capital Budget's Focus On Local Communities
HB 497 includes appropriations for schools, recreation, and community organizations
March 19, 2014
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State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) and State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) today announced several community-based capital improvements projects in the 92nd House District and the 17th Senate District that would be receiving state funds as part of House Bill 497, the capital budget bill.

“This is the first time since the 2009-10 fiscal year that the state has been in a position to help with community projects through this capital budget,” said Rep. Scherer. “Working with Senator Peterson and community leaders to promote these projects that will add to the quality of life in our community, has been very enjoyable.”

“I am glad to know that these worthy projects will be receiving state funding,” said Sen. Peterson. “It was my pleasure to work not only with Representative Scherer, but also with the community to learn more about and support these local projects. County by county, we began the conversation about these projects back in the late fall; it has been a truly great experience to see that these projects are going to be funded.”

The Southern Gateway Economic Innovation and Development Center, a business incubator at Ohio Christian University is a joint federal, state and local project focusing on business growth in the area and will received funding. Pickaway County will be able to continue its “Roundtown Trail” project. In Chillicothe, the Lucy Hayes House will be able repair and restore its exterior, The Majestic Performing Arts Center to improve its heating systems, the Pump House Center for the Arts to improve their classroom space, the Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama to maintain its lighting system. Washington High School in Washington Court House will receive assistance for the improvement of its historic 1939 auditorium.

The capital budget is typically a bi-annual budget completed by the State of Ohio in the off years between state operating budgets. It focuses on the most pressing needs of state government, schools, and economic development within Ohio’s communities. 

House Bill 497 has been assigned to the Finance and Appropriations Committee for consideration and vetting by members of the Ohio House.

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