Rep. Retherford Announces House Passage Of Capital Budget Bill
H.B. 497 invests in Butler County, allocates funding for local projects
March 26, 2014
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State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) 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 51st House District

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

  • $500,000 to construct new campus facilities for Butler Career Tech schools to create the Butler Tech Bioscience campus, which would serve both adult and secondary education programs

  • $100,000 to the Fitton Center for Creative Arts for renovations targeted at energy efficiency and a sustainable future

  • $100,000 to the Mill for a business incubator focusing on “clean up technologies” in conjunction with local universities and businesses to support companies in Butler County

  • $40,000 to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park to improve the road and signage system

“The projects will play a valuable role in the future success of Butler County,” said Rep. Retherford. “Each of these organizations provides a tremendous service to our community and their success has been noticed. It was a pleasure working with them on their goals for the future.”

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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