State Rep. Thomas Hall (R-Madison Twp.) announces House Bill 687, also known as the “capital bill,” has passed out of both chambers of the General Assembly. The legislation includes the two-year state construction budget that contains funding for a variety of initiatives across the state and aid for local projects throughout the 53rd Ohio House District.
Hall voted in favor of the legislation on Wednesday in support of Butler County projects and others across Ohio.
“At the Statehouse, I have worked to ensure we have prosperous funding throughout the region, which will update and enhance infrastructure for recreation, higher education, fairgrounds and much more across Butler County for years to come,” Hall said.
Local community and agency projects funded within the bill include:
- UC Health GME Family Medicine Center - $500,000
- Hamilton Beltline Recreational Trail - $380,000
- Harbin Park ADA-Accessible Play Area & Splash Pad - $300,000
- Early College Academy at Miami University - $75,000
- YWCA Hamilton - $75,000
- Fairfield Township Veterans Memorial Project - $100,000
- National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting $500,000
- Voice of America MetroPark Tylersville Road Entrance - $70,000
- Wilhelmina Park Trail and Shelter project - $70,000
- Robert (Sonny) Hill Community Center Expansion and Redevelopment Project - $300,000
- City of Monroe Lookout Point - $200,000
- Great Miami River Trail – Middletown to Monroe Segment Construction Project - $200,000
- Butler County Fairgrounds Grandstands - $750,000
- College@ELM Innovation and Workforce Development Center at Miami University - $500,000
- Butler County Correctional Complex Medical Unit - $500,000
- Miami University Renovation - $22,311,930
Statewide, the bill commits $3.5 billion in new capital appropriations, which includes $100 million for school safety grants that will help public and private schools address local building security needs.
Other highlights of the bill include:
- $600 million for school building construction, renovation and repair through the state’s school facilities program;
- $457 million for colleges and universities ;
- $400 million for the Public Works Commission to help communities with local road, bridge, water and sewer projects;
- $587 million for state parks and nature preserves; and
- $50 million for the construction and renovation of county jails. Priority would be given to facilities with the greatest needs, as well as projects that would substantially improve the condition, safety and operational ability of the jail.
Additionally, the bill provides approximately $1.2 billion for the Intel semiconductor manufacturing plant, which will support $20 billion in capital investment and create approximately 3,000 tech jobs, 7,000 construction jobs and tens of thousands of additional support jobs.
After being approved by the General Assembly, the legislation now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.