Ohio’s new two-year construction budget supports a number of important projects in Allen County as well as a wide range of educational, recreational and public safety needs throughout the state.
The legislation, House Bill 687, was signed into law today by Governor Mike DeWine.
“I am very pleased with our efforts in the House to get this significant bill through the General Assembly and signed into law,” House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) said. “We have important funding for Allen County and the region, with significant dollars going towards various useful improvements for higher education facilities, parks and recreation and much more. This bill will have a positive impact on our residents and communities locally and across Ohio for years to come.”
Allen County specific community projects funded within the bill include:
- Allen County Fair Youth Show Arena - $310,000
- Allen County Fair Multi-purpose Storage Building - $60,000
- Lima Community Pool - $2,400,000
- Lima Rotary Community Stage and Park - $800,000
- Schoonover Observatory Improvements - $250,000
- Allen County Memorial Hall Improvements - $1,000,000
- Allen County Museum - $50,000
- The Ohio State University - Lima - $1,700,000
- James A. Rhodes State College - $4,842,165
Statewide, the current bill commits $3.5 billion in new capital appropriations. This includes $100 million for school safety grants to help public and private schools address local school building security needs.
Other highlights of the bill include:
- $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; and
- $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.
Additionally, the bill provides $1.2 billion for the Intel semiconductor manufacturing plant, which will support $20 billion in capital investment and create approximately 3,000 tech jobs, 7,000 construction jobs and tens of thousands of additional support jobs.