State Rep. John Patterson (D-Ashtabula) today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the capital budget bill for the biennium. The $2.6 billion capital budget serves to make changes to law governing capital projects, and to make re-appropriations for the biennium ending in June of 2020. The bill allocates about two million dollars in state funding for a number of innovative projects in the 99th House District. 

Approved local projects under the bill range from renovations to the university library, preserving historical landmarks and focusing on maintaining the district’s natural merits. Rep. Patterson released the following statement:

“From Conneaut to Chardon, including Ashtabula, Geneva, Jefferson, and Rock Creek, the 99th District has been blessed with capital funds for improvements that will make a difference for years to come.

“Kent State Ashtabula can make upgrades to the library and ‘B’ building. Our Metroparks can move forward on the Indian Mound site in Conneaut. The Nature Center on Grand River, south of Rock Creek, can better serve our citizens and students with much needed upgrades. The historic Platt R. Spencer and Jefferson Depot sites would be able to preserve and attract more visitors to their premises. The Ashtabula County Fairgrounds is projected to receive funding for a new grandstand roof, while Mel Harder Park in Chardon is projected to see other improvements. The Ashtabula Lighthouse is slated to receive funds for preservation and renovation. Finally, the Ashtabula County Juvenile Court would receive vital funds to better serve our youth. All of this was possible thanks to the capital budget bill.

“The 99th District owes a debt of gratitude to Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), an Ashtabula County native, and our own Senator Sean O'Brien (D-Bazetta) for their support. It is my distinct privilege to work shoulder to shoulder with my fellow lawmakers to help improve the lives of all in the 99th District and across Ohio.”

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