State Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) announced Lake County funding to be fast-approaching after today’s Office of Budget and Management (OBM) testimony in the House Finance Committee. The OBM Director, Kim Murnieks, presented the full Capital Improvements Budget before the committee. Callender serves as co-chair of the committee and has worked to secure local dollars within the budget for the community during the pandemic.
“I am looking forward to the release of additional appropriations details in the coming days,” said Callender. “The state capital bill will contain funding for many important projects throughout Lake County and the region.”
Murnieks provided testimony and details on the capital appropriation recommendations for the members. Under the proposal, the following amounts are currently allocated to Lake County’s Lakeland Community College:
- Renovate Existing Teaching & Teaching Support Space - $2,829,110
- IT Infrastructure & Security Improvements - $459,599
- C Building Roof Replacement - $1,100,000
The capital budget will make appropriations for construction and renovations of capital assets for state agencies, colleges and universities, and school districts. It also funds a program of grants and loans to local governments for infrastructure projects throughout the state. Additionally, a portion of the budget will provide funds to support targeted projects of regional importance. In total, the proposal is approximately $2.5 billion in GRF bond-funded appropriations for the FY 2021-22 capital biennium.
“While negotiations are still continuing, I fully anticipate Lake County to fair very well in this upcoming capital bill,” Callender added.