COLUMBUS – State Representative Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) announced the passage of the capital budget, House Bill (HB) 687, by the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday. 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.
“These capital projects will be a much-needed addition to our community by providing space for vital services including healthcare, education, housing and nutrition,” said Rep. Lightbody. “I’m particularly excited for the projects in our district and in central Ohio that will be beneficial for our area of the state.”
Rep. Lightbody helped to secure $200,000 in funding for a number of community projects in the 19th House District, including:
- $100,000 for the Gahanna Exploration Center, which will provide a venue for programming including outdoor education, STEM activities, cultural arts and education programs.
- $100,000 for the Veterans Memorial at Rose Run Park in New Albany, which will honor local veterans and improve greenspaces.
Additionally, The City of Westerville received $300,000 for the Edge Adventure Park, which will blend recreation, nature and adventure-style activities.
Rep. Lightbody also advocated for over $20,000,000 in funding for a number of projects of significance in Franklin County, including:
· $2,500,000 - Gracehaven
· $300,000 - Harriet's Hope
· $50,000 - Lifecare Alliance
· $200,000 - Star House
· $100,000 - YWCA Family Center - Columbus
· $50,000 - Big Walnut Trail Extension and Park
· $2,500,000 - Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Heritage Trail Extension
· $100,000 - Columbus College of Art and Design Youth and Community Learning Hub
· $350,000 - Columbus Museum of Art
· $2,000,000 - Columbus Symphony Orchestra
· $75,000 - Gravity Phase II
· $500,000 - Goodwill Columbus
· $1,500,000- Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland STEM and Leadership Immersion Campus
· $2,250,000 - Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio
· $600,000 - Zora's House
The capital budget is now headed to the Governor’s desk for approval.