State Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) voted to support Senate Bill 310, which passed out of both chambers of the General Assembly. The legislation includes the two-year state construction budget that contains funding for a variety of initiatives across the state and aid for local projects throughout Columbiana County.
Known as the "capital bill," these additions were accepted into Senate Bill 310 earlier this week through a House-Senate conference committee.
"I'm excited to see these promising investments coming to Columbiana County," said Ginter. "Along with providing these infrastructure improvements within our communities, this capital bill puts our economy and jobs at the top of our priority list for Ohioans."
In total, Columbiana County is to receive $1.19 million within the legislation. Local projects funded within the bill include:
- Columbiana Fairgrounds Restroom and Shower Facilities, $100,000;
- East Lincoln Street Connector Project, $200,000;
- Lisbon Greenway Bike Trail, $100,000;
- Lisbon Park Walking Track, $75,000;
- Wellsville Marina, $75,000;
- Wooster Memorial Splash Pad Park, $50,000;
- Headwaters Nature Trail, $45,000;
- East Liverpool Park Improvements, $25,000;
- Veterans Park of Wellsville, $25,000;
- Wooster Amphitheater, $100,000; and
- Youngstown State University Global Investment Hub, $400,000.
Statewide, the bill commits over $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; and
- $50 million for county jail projects. Funding will be allocated through a competitive, needs-based process.
After being approved by the General Assembly, the legislation now heads to the governor's desk to be signed into law.