Rep. Romanchuk Applauds House Passage Of Infrastructure Improvement Resolution
Proposed ballot initiative would allocate funds without raising taxes
 
 

State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) today applauded the House passage of Senate Joint Resolution 6, which authorizes nearly $2 billion in funding for infrastructure improvement projects across the state.


SJR 6 puts before voters a ballot initiative to renew funding for the Ohio Public Works Commission (PWC). The PWC provides financing for local government infrastructure improvements such as roads, bridges, solid waste disposal, water supply, storm water collection and waste water treatment. The renewal of these bonds, which will be put before voters on the May ballot, would authorize $1.875 billion of funding over 10 years without raising taxes on Ohioans.


“This initiative will allow Richland County to make improvements and repairs that will lead to our ability to create more jobs,” Romanchuk said. “I look forward to seeing the impact that we can make with these funds.”


Under the program, grants or loans for local governments are available for up to 90 percent for repair or replacement projects, and up to 50 percent for new or expansion projects.


The Ohio Public Works Commission was created in 1987 after being approved by voters as an amendment to the Ohio Constitution and has twice been reauthorized by voters. Since that time, it has provided more than $3 billion in assistance to local governments for infrastructure projects. The program’s current bonding authority is set to expire soon.

 
 
 
  
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