COLUMBUS – State Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid) announced the passage of the capital budget, House Bill (HB) 687, by the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday. 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 2 years with this year’s budget appropriating over $3.5 billion to counties across Ohio with $191 million being allocated to community projects.
“House Bill 687 makes substantial investments in Ohio's natural resources and human resources. By investing in Lake Erie, our shared public spaces and many of our area's civic and educational institutions, we will strengthen the future of our state and its residents. Personally, I am glad so many projects that I advocated for from Cuyahoga County were funded by this legislation,” said Rep. Kent Smith.
Rep. Kent Smith helped to secure $1,050,000 in funding for a number of community projects, including:
$1,000,000 for the Euclid Waterfront Improvement Plan - Phase III;
$50,000 for the Richmond Heights Community Park Gazebo.
Rep. Kent Smith also advocated for over $20 million in funding for a number of projects of countywide significance, including:
$700,000 for the Providence House East Side Campus Community Hu;
$200,000 for the MacDonald Women's Hospital Healthy Women Initiative;
$750,000 for the Greater Cleveland Foodbank.
The capital budget now moves to the Governor’s desk.