Governor Kasich recently announced his administration is gearing up for state capital bill deliberations early next year that will include consideration of local community projects for the first time since 2008. Unlike the biennial budget bill, capital appropriation bills typically address the brick and mortar needs of public entities. In announcing the process, he said the capital bill is expected to focus on the most pressing needs of state government, schools and higher education while placing an emphasis on the investment’s impact on jobs and economic growth.
Citing the state’s renewed economic well-being, Governor Kasich said critical community projects across the state will receive consideration for state dollars. In prior years, there has been approximately $100 million allocated for community projects. In the past, organizations such as museums, education facilities, entertainment venues, and historically significant sites, have benefitted from the community project portion of the capital bill.
Planners for the capital budget will also consider funding for local infrastructure projects administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission through bond-backed funding, as well as revolving loan funding for such projects.