Rep. Cera: Capital Investments Key To Creating Jobs, Growing Local Economy
Lawmaker announces several local projects included in state's capital budget
March 08, 2018
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State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today reported the passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the Capital Appropriation Budget for 2018-2019. This legislation makes a $2.6 billion investment in Ohio and includes $600 million for K-12 school buildings, $514 million for local infrastructure projects, $483 million for public colleges and universities, $234 million for public parks, dams, waterways and wildlife areas and $350 million for local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission. The budget also includes funds for local community projects, several which are within the 96th House District represented by Cera.

“Funding for capital projects bring improvements to our schools, colleges and universities, parks and other important statewide facilities including additional opioid treatment facilities. These projects not only bring improvements to existing facilities and construction of new facilities but also create jobs for Ohioans,” said Rep. Cera.

The passage of HB 529 is the result of months of work alongside our local partners to identify community needs and develop targeted proposals for state funding. Projects funded through the capital bill must meet strict eligibility guidelines.  These guidelines limit the type of projects that qualify for money.

In Jefferson County, funded projects include $100,000 for the Steubenville Ohio River Marina improvement project, $225,000 for the restoration of the Steubenville Grand Theater and $25,000 for the Sam Kerr Campground expansion. Eastern Gateway Community College will receive over $1.5 million to make upgrades to campus safety and accessibility.

The Powhatan Point Marina in Belmont County received $200,000 as part of an effort to renovate the boat launch facility and surrounding area, providing better access to the Ohio River and Captina Creek. Other projects include $100,000 for the Great Stone Viaduct Historic Park and over $1.1 million was earmarked for Belmont Technical College to address basic renovations and the construction of an industrial trades center.

In Monroe County, the County Fairground’s Agricultural Education Complex will receive $100,000 to build a new classroom facility.

“We are excited about the funding coming back to the 96th district as part of this bill. However, there are a number of important community projects that did not receive funding, and I will continue to work with those local governments and organizations to find other funding opportunities,” Rep. Cera stated.

The bill will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

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