COLUMBUS—State Representative Keith Faber (R-Celina) today applauded an investment into west central Ohio through the state capital budget, which invests $2.26 billion in projects statewide.

The capital budget, House Bill 529, contains funding for needed improvements to public services and facilities across the state, including schools, roads and bridges, waterways and parks. The bill also increases investments in mental health and addiction services facilities.

Rep. Faber worked with local government and community leaders in Darke, Shelby, Mercer, and Auglaize counties to understand their needs and priorities.

“In partnership with the local communities, my office submitted over 25 projects for consideration to be included in the capital budget bill,” said Faber. “All of the projects were unique and would be beneficial to the area to promote and improve the quality of life in west central Ohio. I am pleased with the projects that were chosen to be funded and appreciate the over $1.695 million that was invested in our district. Throughout my time in the legislature and as Senate President, it has been a priority of mine to ensure a more equitable distribution of state funding all over Ohio. This bill continues that priority. I appreciate the local leaders identifying opportunities and bringing them to my office. I look forward to seeing the positive impact on the community in the coming years.”

Local projects include:
• Shoreline and water quality improvements to Grand Lake St. Marys ($250,000)
• Creation of the New Bremen Bike Path ($250,000)
• Construction of the St. Mary's Splash Pad ($100,000)
• Improvements to the Versailles Poultry Days Amphitheater ($275,000)
• Greenville Parks Projects ($100,000)
• Construction of multi-use facility in Arcanum-Butler School District ($150,000)
• Improvements at Shelby County Fairgrounds ($100,000)
• Construction of a playground at Redskin Memorial Park ($145,000)
• Creation of the STAR Transitional Treatment House ($325,000)

Funds are also being reauthorized for the following projects:
• Cleanup of the Miami Erie Canal Trail ($50,000)
• Bremenfest Shelterhouse ($100,000)
• Improvements to the Fort Recovery Ball Fields ($140,000)
• Miami Erie Canal Towpath Fitness Improvements ($50,000)
• Minster Basketball and Pickleball Facility ($160,000)

Ensuring a commitment to Ohio’s students and preparing them for the workforce, the bill makes a statewide investment of $600 million in school construction, including repairs, renovations and maintenance, as well as $483 million for projects supporting Ohio’s public colleges and universities.

The bill 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.

The state continues to promote policies aimed at stemming the tide of addiction, and the capital budget works to help local communities in this effort. Nearly $222 million was invested for critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives.

House Bill 529 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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