Rep. Blessing Applauds House Passage Of Capital Budget Bill
H.B. 497 invests in local communities, encourages economic development
 
 
Columbus - 

State Representative Bill Blessing (R-Cincinnati) applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 497—the state’s capital budget bill—which appropriates funding for local projects throughout Ohio and Hamilton County.


 A number of projects will directly benefit the residents of Hamilton County without raising taxes. Specifically, the following projects were approved by the House:



  • $300,000 to  the Boys and Girls Hope Home for renovations to the 84-year-old original housing facility for at-risk youth

  • $2 million to the Hamilton County Memorial Hall for exterior and interior repairs, mechanical upgrades, and a new addition to the rear of the historic      theater

  • $550,000 to the Cincinnati Landmark Productions Incline Theater to construct a new performing arts center and public parking space

  • $5 million to the Cincinnati Museum for restorations of the Union Terminal, including replacing HVAC and restoring the building exterior

  • $2 million to the Cincinnati Zoo for completion of the Africa exhibit

  • $300,000 to develop 131 parking spaces for mixed use development at the Loveland Bike Trail

  • $1 million for a connector between the Ohio River Trail and the Little Miami Scenic Trail

  • $500,000 to create a new 3.25-mile trail connecting one of the largest neighborhoods in Green Township with a new commercial development

  • $3 million to create 833 parking spaces for the Banks project next to Riverfront Transit Center

  • $200,000 to provide support for a new health care clinic in Mt. Healthy to support an underserved population

  • $225,000 for Hebrew Union College archives

  • $50,000 for the Jewish Family Service Center of Cincinnati to construct a greenhouse adjacent to their currently operating food pantry to provide employment and training to some clients and supplement the pantry supplies

  • $5 million for the Cincinnati Music Hall to upgrade backstage HVAC, improve ADA accessibility, and renovate the historic façade to preserve architectural and historical significance

  • $215,000 to renovate the Whole Home Modification offices, product display and warehouse

  • $300,000 for the Talbert House for an addition to the Pathways facility currently serving as a halfway house and residential facility for Hamilton County drug  courts


 The capital budget focuses on the most pressing needs of state government, schools, and economic development within Ohio’s communities.  It is a collaborative process involving state and local leaders, the economic development community, the arts community, and others to provide guidance on local investments, while balancing the state’s need for fiscal restraint and responsibility.


House Bill 497 passed with strong bipartisan support in the House and now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.


 

 
 
 
  
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