Rep. Smith Announces House Passage Of Capital Budget Bill
H.B. 497 invests in southern Ohio's communities, supports local projects
March 27, 2014
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State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today 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 the 93rd House District.

 Specifically, House Bill 497 invests in the following projects that were requested by Rep. Smith on behalf of the residents of the district:

  • $325,000 to build a 10,000-square-foot building to house the Ohio River Research and Development Center to help business startups, relocation and expansion

  • $150,000 to continue the renovation of the 83-year-old Markay Cultural Arts Center in Jackson to provide life dance and music performances, as well as workshops

  • $100,000 to the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Center for tuck pointing, replacement of awnings, restoration of the box office, restroom expansion, ADA compliance, and consulting fees

  • $100,000  for the construction of the Ironton Cultural Arts Operation Facility, which  will be built adjacent to the operating theater and provide support services as well as new space for outdoor events

  • $100,000 to construct a half-mile walking path in Proctorville

  • $100,000 to build an amphitheater and lawn seating at the Gallipolis riverfront

  • $100,000  to the French Art Colony for upgrades to facilities, including a new facility for the Riverby Theater Guild, equipment upgrades for the gallery spaces, upgrades to Riverby, and restoration of the Water Babies fountain

  • $50,000 for the installation of recycled bridges to allow for full use of an 11.2-mile trail in Zaleski

The capital budget also transfers $450,000 in funding from the Louvee Treater to the Wellston City Parks and Recreation Improvements Project.

“I was very happy to find out that some important community projects within my district would be receiving state funding,” said Rep. Smith. “The capital improvements budget is dispersed throughout the state, and it means a lot to my constituents and I that some of that funding was diverted our way. Such art and research projects are not only an important part of the life and vitality of my district, but to the energy and society of Ohio as a whole.”

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 by a vote of 89-2 in the House and now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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