(March 7th, 2018)
State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the Capital Appropriations Budget for the next two years. Rep. Rogers, who serves on the House Finance Committee, and colleagues have been advocating for several months on a number of projects that focus on parks, opioid treatment, education and cultural facilities.
“Over the past few months, many groups and entities from Northeast Ohio contacted my office requesting state assistance for their projects,” said Rogers. “In addition to submitting them for consideration, I shared each request with the two Senator’s and Representative who also represent Lake County, asking for their support. I am always looking for ways to improve our community and secure public funding for local vital projects. I truly believe that a coordinated effort increases the likelihood of funding success, and I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition.”
Overall, HB 529 does the following:
- Makes capital appropriations and re-appropriations for the biennium ending June 30, 2020.
- Beginning with Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, changes– from “10%” to “at least 10%”– the portion of a district public works integrating committee's annual allocation share under the State Capital Improvement Program that is to be awarded to subdivisions in the form of loans or local debt support and credit enhancements.
- Allows state-owned real estate located in Montgomery County under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to be conveyed to the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board or an alternate purchaser.
- Allows the state to enter lease-purchase agreements to finance or refinance certain IT systems operated by the Departments of Administrative Services, Taxation, and Job and Family Services. Among all three systems, the total amount of such authorized financing is $55.6 million.
$600,000,000 K-12 school buildings through Facilities Construction Commission
$514,000,000 Local infrastructure projects (including $100 million for Clean Ohio projects)
$483,000,000 Public college and university projects
$350,000,000 Local infrastructure projects through the Public Works Commission
$234,000,000 Maintenance and preservation of parks, dams, trails, waterways and wildlife
$222,000,000 Health and human services, developmental disabilities, mental health, and addiction treatment projects (including a $20 million pool of money to be made available through competitive grants for "opioid community resiliency projects" focusing on youth)
$147,000,000 Statewide Community projects
$ 75,000,000 OMB cash transfer to the Public School Building Fund
$2,625,000,000 Total capital appropriations for the FY 2019-FY 2020 biennium
$1,263,000,000 Total capital re-appropriations for the FY 2019-FY 2020 biennium
Under the bill, funding for facilities in Lake County would amount to $12,284,592 and include the following projects:
- Grand River’s Merrick Hutchinson Memorial Park - $150,000
- Eastlake’s baseball field and press box - $225,000
- Willowick’s Manry Park Exercise Trail - $50,000
- Willoughby’s Chagrin Riverbank Stabilization - $400,000
- The Unionville Tavern’s Restoration and Structural Rehabilitation - $185,000
- The Willoughby Fine Arts Association - $75,000
- The Wickliffe Family Resource Center $250,000
- Lake County’s Painesville Addiction Recovery Center - $160,000
- Lake County Extended Housing’s Wellness Center Renovation - $200,000
This year’s bill includes over four million dollars in funding for Lakeland Community College for building enhancements at the College’s Engineering Building and Student Success Center. Also included are re-appropriations for:
- Basic renovations- $270,000
- Workforce Based Training and Equipment- $100,000
- Roadway, Parking lot and Sidewalk Renovations- $500,000
- Welding Laboratory Programs Expansion and HVAC Upgrades/Rehabilitation- $775,000
Other re-appropriations included $200,000 for continued efforts to repair the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse, $200,000 for Painesville’s Mental Health Services Agency and $250,000 for the ongoing efforts to rehabilitate the Lake County History Center.
Rep. Rogers submitted 16 projects from Lake County for consideration totaling $19,977,600. Unfortunately, not all projects submitted receive funding, and many projects that do may not receive the total amount requested.
“As one of the state Representative’s from Lake County, I will continue to advocate for all the county’s needs and together, with the other legislators from Lake County, to garner future support of our community projects,” said Rep. Rogers.
The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration and is expected to pass the chamber by the end of March.