Ohio House of Representatives passes $3.5 billion capital budget
Special to The Truth
State Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) announced the passage of the capital budget, HB 687, by the Ohio House of Representatives last week. The capital budget appropriates resources to state owned infrastructure, colleges, universities, and school districts as well as other community projects.
The capital budget is typically passed every two years with this year’s budget appropriating over $3.5 billion to counties across Ohio with $191 million being allocated to community projects.
“I am happy to announce the various community projects that have been funded through House Bill 687. However, I must continue to express my disappointment with the limited funds that Lucas County received in comparison to other parts of Ohio. With the combination of capital and federal dollars available, the fourth largest county in Ohio should have received increased funding for vital community projects,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.
Rep. Hicks-Hudson helped to secure $4,925,000 in funding for a number of community projects, including:
* $250,000 for Toledo YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter
* $50,000 for Harbor Crisis Stabilization Unit
* $200,000 for Toledo Life Revitalization Center
* $350,000 for Unison Health Dorr Street Behavioral Health Residential Facility
* $150,000 Nuestra Gente Community Center
* $250,000 Toledo School for the Arts Expansion
* $50,000 Libbey House
* $50,000 Glass City Enrichment Center
* $1,250,000 Toledo Museum of Art
* $600,000 National Museum of the Great Lakes Expansion Project
* $450,000 Toledo Innovation Center
* $500,000 Broadway Corridor Business Incubator
* $500,000 Sylvania YMCA
* $200,000 Sylvania Plummer Pool
* $75,000 Danny Thomas Park Amphitheater
Additionally, Rep. Hicks-Hudson advocated for $8,665,000 in funding for a number of projects of countywide significance, including:
* $ 1,000,000 for Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union Campus Expansion
* $ 1, 650,000 for a new Lucas County Corrections Center
* $ 2,500,000 for Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.
The capital budget now moves to the Governor’s desk.