State proposes $765K for county improvements


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Last week, the Ohio Senate introduced the state capital budget, a $2.6 billion investment in Ohio’s infrastructure and local communities.

According to Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), this capital investment has not always been possible, but due to Ohio’s strong fiscal health, prudent spending and pro-growth policies, the state is able to invest in the projects that matter most locally to improve Ohio’s communities and quality of life.

Highlights of the bill’s impact include:

  • Local Schools: $650 million to local schools for construction including repairs, renovations and maintenance.
  • Colleges and Universities: $428 million to Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities.
  • Roads, Bridges, Water Supplies and Parks: $500 million to local infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and water-supply systems, including $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program to preserve green space, farmland and open spaces. Another $275 million will fund the preservation of Ohio’s dams, parks and trails.
  • Neighbors in Need: nearly $100 million for critical health and human services including developmental disabilities, mental health and addiction treatment.
  • Quality of Life: $160 million for economic development and cultural projects in local communities.

An estimated $765,000 has been allocated for Darke County projects, including $25,000 for Greenville’s East Main Street Recovery Center; $250,000 for Greenville downtown splashpad park; $250,000 for Harmon Field renovation; $150,000 for the Garst Museum parking lot project; and $90,000 for the Longtown Clemens Farmstead Museum.

The Senate expects to vote on the capital bill (Senate Bill 310) next week.

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