Rep. Retherford Announces Introduction Of Capital Budget Bill
S.B. 310 invests in Butler County, allocates funding for local projects
April 12, 2016
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State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced the introduction of Senate Bill 310—the state’s capital budget bill—which appropriates funding for local projects throughout Ohio and the 51st House District, which includes portions of Butler County. The two projects in the 51st district that are currently set to receive funds include an addiction treatment facility and a sports complex.

The first project that SB 310 allocates funds for is the Genesis Center of Excellence, which will establish an outpatient treatment program that will specialize in the treatment of addiction and psychiatric conditions. This project was granted $400,000 to build a facility that will include sequestered sober living/recovery housing, a sub-acute medical detox unit and a Workplace Addiction Awareness Program.

“The Genesis program will be an instrumental tool in fighting addiction in Butler County,” Retherford said. “By bringing all the services—detox, pain management, social workers, job training and search, among others—together under one building, we will be able to aggressively help those who need it. By not only helping them battle their addiction, but also getting them the help and training they need to go on to be productive members of society.”

The capital budget bill also allocates $1 million to the city of Hamilton, which has partnered with Champion LLC, to build a multi-sport facility at the site of the former Hamilton Champion Paper Mill. This request will go toward funding the road resurfacing and improvements to accommodate the traffic capacity at the new sports complex.

“The Champion Sports complex is a great economic development opportunity for the City of Hamilton,” said Retherford. “This project will be instrumental in providing a better quality of life for the residents, while also attracting visitors from outside the area to our beautiful city.”

Senate Bill 310 will now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. Upon passage in the Senate, the capital budget bill will be reviewed in the House Finance Committee and then voted on by the Ohio House. Following passage from both the Senate and House, the bill requires the Governor’s signature for adoption. Funds are contingent upon enactment of SB 310.

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