COLUMBUS—State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) announced that state capital grants for the Buckeye Lake region, Ohio University-Lancaster, and the AHA! Children’s Museum have been included in the draft of the state’s Capital Budget, also known as House Bill 529.

House Bill 529 appropriations include the AHA! Children’s Museum in Lancaster ($50,000); Feeder Channel Renovations at Buckeye Lake ($400,000); and Public Pier at Buckeye Lake ($400,000).

According to Schaffer, funds for the new projects total $850,000.

Additionally, funds are being reauthorized for Millersport’s Streetscape project ($125,000); Lancaster’s Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster ($60,000); the Thornport Public Access and Park at Buckeye Lake ($500,000); Ohio University-Lancaster building updates and improvements to Herrold Hall and Brasee Hall ($310,000); and Dam Rehabilitations at Buckeye Lake ($2,522,911).

“It is a great day for Fairfield County and the Millersport-Buckeye Lake recreation corridor,” said Schaffer. “It was a pleasure to coordinate our requests with fellow House members in the area to provide funding for a multitude of Buckeye Lake region needs. This will be a major help for the continuance for Buckeye Lake 2030’s initiatives. I am confident that these improvements will create a greater experience and a more attractive destination for years to come.”

Schaffer added, “I am extremely pleased that Fairfield and Licking counties were able to acquire funding for community projects that will invest in our residents and will allow our county to remain a staple of this state.”

The state Capital Budget is slated for hearings next week and is expected to be finalized this spring.

If residents should have any questions, they can contact Rep. Schaffer at (614) 466-8100 or

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