Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rep. Richard Adams Announces Capital Budget Bill Appropriations for Local Communities

State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) today announced that funding for Capital Projects for House District 80 will be available starting July 1. Ohio’s Capital Budget Bill, House Bill 497, was signed into law by Governor Kasich on April 1. House Bill 497 was the outcome of continuous collaboration between the House and Senate that passed with strong bipartisan support. This legislation allocates money for local investment to improve neighborhoods and communities across the state.
$500,000 in state funding from the Capital Budget has been allocated to projects in Miami and Darke Counties. The Bradford Rail Museum and The Gettysburg Cardinal Center have received funding for renovations and will be supervised under the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Bradford Rail Museum, located in Miami County, was allocated $275,000 to add a children’s interactive learning center and to repair a moisture issue. The Gettysburg Cardinal Center, in Darke County, will offer educational and athletic programs, community events and entrepreneurial activities in a currently unused school building with the help of $75,000 provided in HB 497.
The Treasure Island River Corridor located in Miami County will make improvements with a $150,000 appropriation. This project, with the assistance of the Department of Natural Resources, seeks to revitalize and make improvements to the corridor in an effort to encourage economic benefits and promote environmental awareness.
Nearly $1.3 million provided by House Bill 497 has also been distributed to Edison Community College to enhance its facilities.  The funding will allow for an electronic lock system and security camera additions, as well as HVAC, parking lot, and roof repairs. These projects are outstanding investments that will greatly enhance the campus for the benefit of current and future students as well as the surrounding community.
“This capital budget represents the collaborative efforts of state and local officials,” said Representative Adams. “It shows the state’s commitment to local investment and reinforces the importance of amenities and infrastructure that local communities have on economic development. I’m pleased to announce the funding to our local projects and excited to see the impact these will have on the future of our communities.”

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