COLUMBUS – Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 687, legislation to propose Ohio’s new two-year state construction budget. The budget includes funding for a variety of statewide initiatives and local Clermont County projects, announced State Representative Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland).
"I’m proud to have worked with my legislative colleagues Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) and State Representative Adam Bird (R-New Richmond) on delivering results to the people of Clermont County,” said Schmidt. “Collectively, we worked as a team with the Clermont County Commissioners, Port Authority, and other local leaders on this package."
Clermont County will receive nearly $1.6 million in appropriations. Project areas include:
- $250,000, YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter East
- $300,000, Liberty Landing Phase II
- $223,000, Dan Beard Scout Camp Flooding and Erosion Mitigation
- $50,000, Grant Presidential Sculpture
- $190,000, Jim Terrell Park Canoe/Kayak Launch
- $50,000, Moscow Ohio River Stabilization, Phase II
- $122,000, Clepper Park Pickleball Courts
- $260,000, Grailville Park Improvements
- $50,000, Grant Memorial Building, Phase II
- $57,000, Buckeye Trail East Fork Wildlife Area
Among local projects, the capital budget also appropriates monies to statewide efforts. The highlights include the following:
- $100 million for school safety grants, which will help public and private schools address local building security needs
- $600 million for school building construction, renovation and repair through the state’s school facilities program
- $457 million for colleges and universities
- $400 million for the Public Works Commission to help communities with local road, bridge, water and sewer projects
- $587 million for state parks and nature preserves
- $50 million for the construction and renovation of county jails. Priority would be given to facilities with the greatest needs, as well as projects that would substantially improve the condition, safety and operational ability of the jail.
The measure was shortly approved by the Senate after passage by the House. HB 687 now heads to the Governor.