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Carnes Center, Barnesville Dental Center projected to gain state funding

Submitted to the Enterprise
Don Jones

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport) announced state lawmakers have unveiled Ohio’s proposed two-year state construction budget.

It includes funding for a variety of initiatives across the state and aids local projects across the 95th house district.

“In the works for over a year, the capital bill is essential to building and sustaining a strong community,” said Jones. “I was proud to work with my colleagues to secure the necessary funds to various projects in the 95th district and the rest of the state.”

Belmont County will receive a total of $1,200,000 in appropriations, Carroll County $180,000, Harrison County $265,000, Noble County $400,000 and Washington County $725,000. Local projects for the 95th house district funded in the bill including:

· Carnes Center, Belmont County Fairgrounds, St. Clairsville: $500,000

· Barnesville Family Dental Center: $50,000

The capital bill is included in Senate Bill 310. The measure was passed by both the House and Senate last week and awaits the governor’s signature.

Statewide, the bill includes more than $2 billion in new capital appropriations for a wide variety of infrastructure across Ohio.

This is in addition to more than $500 million previously approved by lawmakers for schools and local infrastructure projects.

Statewide highlights include the following:

· $452 million for the Department of Higher Education, which includes funding for traditional and regional campuses and community colleges.

· $300 million for K-12 school building construction and improvements.

· $280 million for the Ohio Public Works Commission, which supports a variety of infrastructure initiatives, including local water, sewer and road projects.

· $62.5 million for the Clean Ohio Program.

· $50 million for county jail projects. Funding will be allocated through a competitive, needs-based process.

· $10 million for safety grants for K-12 schools and Ohio’s colleges and universities.