COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives passed the proposed legislation for Ohio’s two-year state construction budget, House Bill 687. The bill includes funding for a variety of initiatives across the state and aids local projects in the 51st House District.
“These projects are so important to Butler County’s infrastructure, education system and growing economy. I’m thrilled by the amount of funding the community received to begin these new initiatives,” said State Representative Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton). “Not only was the bill important to Butler County, but will also fund investments across the state. I was proud to support this budget.”
Butler County projects highlighted by Carruthers include:
- $750,000, Butler County Fairgrounds Grandstands
- $380,000, Hamilton Beltline Recreational Trail
- $300,000, Harbin Park ADA-Accessible Play Area & Splash Pad
- $75,000, YWCA Hamilton
- $100,000, Fairfield Township Veterans Memorial Project
- $500,000, College@ELM Innovation and Workforce Development Center at Miami University
- $500,000, Butler County Correctional Complex Medical Unit
- $75,000, Early College Academy at Miami University
- $500,000, National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting
- $200,000, Great Miami River Trail – Middletown to Monroe Segment Construction Project
- $200,000, City of Monroe Lookout Point
- $300,000, Robert (Sonny) Hill Community Center Expansion and Redevelopment Project
- $70,000, Voice of America MetroPark Tylersville Road Entrance
- $70,000, Wilhelmina Park Trail and Shelter project
- $500,000, UC Health GME Family Medicine Center
Statewide, the bill includes over $2 billion in new capital appropriations for a wide variety of safety and infrastructure needs across Ohio.
Statewide 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.
Lawmakers are expected to give final approval to the legislation this week before sending it to Governor Mike DeWine for his signature.