COLUMBUS—Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today issued a statement as the Ohio House passed Senate Bill 310, which would distribute $350 million in federal CARES Act funds to aid coronavirus response in Ohio communities. If the Governor signs the bill in its current form, the city of Parma would receive approximately $2.3 million in pandemic related funding.
Funds will go toward reimbursement for personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line workers, testing and other costs as local communities continue to combat the global pandemic.
The bill also re-appropriates $1.28 billion in capital funds over the next two years to fund various capital improvement projects across the state.
“My colleagues and I have been working diligently to get this badly needed aid to our cities over the past several weeks. As a former Parma City Councilman, I know how hard cities like Parma get hit financially in times of economic downturn,” said Rep. Crossman. “We need to ensure that we get this funding to cities so our first responders can continue to deliver the top-of-the-line services our residents have come to expect. I want to thank Mayor DeGeeter for being a good partner and strong voice in helping bring these dollars back to our communities.”
“As Parma Mayor, I was able to add my voice and join The Ohio Mayors Alliance in advocating for the approval of Senate Bill 310. In fact, we provided written testimony to the Ohio House Finance Committee,” said Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter. “I appreciate the work of Rep. Crossman; he has been in direct communication with our office to assist us and provide legislative updates during this process. This bill will help Parma as we navigate our budget issues caused by this pandemic.”
In addition, SB 310 authorizes state employee pay freezes amid budget shortfalls as well as $3.2 million more in state funding for nursing home facilities.
SB 310 now moves to the Senate, who will vote whether to concur on House changes to the bill.