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Carruthers Announces Millions in State Funding for Capital Projects

December 21, 2020
Sara P. Carruthers News

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton) today announced Ohio lawmakers have approved Senate Bill 310, Ohio’s two-year state capital budget which includes a variety of funding initiatives across the state, as well as over $24 million in funding for projects in Butler County.

“I’m proud to support millions in funding for these crucial projects that will bring jobs to our communities, promote educational initiatives, expand economic growth, and improve aging infrastructure,” said Carruthers.

Projects in Butler County funded in the bill include:

  • Hamilton Beltline Trail, $750,000
  • Harbin Park Pavilion, $550,000
  • Forest Run Metro Park Timberman Project, $400,000
  • Harbin Park Loop Trail, $150,000
  • Monroe Community Park Activity Center, $40,000
  • Sorg Opera House, $50,000
  • Clinical Health Science and Student Wellness Building, $21,210,000
  • Northwest Butler Creativity Hub Corridor, $1,000,000

Carruthers also highlighted the following projects in Hamilton County:

  • Aronoff Center Systems Replacements and Upgrades, $375,000
  • Cincinnati Zoo – More Home to Roam, $1,500,000

Statewide, the bill includes more than $2 billion in new capital appropriations for a wide variety of infrastructure across Ohio. This is in addition to more than $500 million previously approved by lawmakers for schools and local infrastructure projects. Statewide highlights include:

  • $452 million for the Department of Higher Education, which includes funding for traditional and regional campuses and community colleges.
  • $300 million for K-12 school building construction and improvements.
  • $10 million for safety grants for K-12 schools and Ohio’s colleges and universities.
  • $280 million for the Ohio Public Works Commission, which supports a variety of infrastructure initiatives, including local water, sewer and road projects.
  • $62.5 million for the Clean Ohio Program.
  • $50 million for county jail projects. Funding will be allocated through a competitive, needs-based process.

The measure now heads to Governor DeWine for his signature.