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March 7 , 2014
LEGISLATURE RECESSES FOR THE WEEK RETURNING NEXT WEEK
The Ohio General Assembly took a small break from their legislative activities this week at the Statehouse so there are no committee or session activities to report. The legislature will be back in full force next week with, among other things, action still pending by the Ohio House of Representatives on the anti-annexation legislation, HB277, which would expand the number of property owner interests to be included in the most commonly used TYPE-II 100% agreed to annexation procedure. The House State and Local Government committee favorably approved the bill last week and the proposal is now waiting consideration by the full House membership. If the legislation is added to the House session calendar for vote, we will alert our members.
STRONG OHIO COMMUNITIES COMMITTEE WILL PROMOTE ISSUE 1 PUBLIC WORKS RENEWAL
Columbus – A bipartisan, statewide citizen’s committee – Strong Ohio Communities – will run a statewide campaign between now and the primary election to secure voter approval of state Issue 1, renewal of the public works bond issue that has served Ohio communities successfully for 27 years.
Issue 1, placed on the ballot with nearly unanimous legislative support, will authorize up to $1.875 billion in bonds over ten years for local community road, bridge, sewer, water and other infrastructure projects. First approved in 1987, the program has twice been renewed by voters overwhelmingly, in 1995 and 2005.
Honorary chairs of the Strong Ohio Communities Committee will be Tim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO; Andrew Doehrel, president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce; Michael B. Coleman, Mayor of Columbus; and Greg Hartmann, Hamilton County Commissioner.
Burga said, “The Ohio AFL-CIO supports Issue 1 because of the 35,000 jobs it will create, and the benefit it will provide our members across the state in terms of new and improved basic infrastructure. Leaders of both political parties and business and labor all agree: Issue 1 benefits all Ohioans and deserves passage on May 6.”
“More than 11,500 projects have been completed in the 27 years the Issue 1 capital improvements program has been in place. With passage of Issue 1, thousands more will be added,” Doehrel said. “And because repayment of Issue 1 bonds is already built into state budget planning, Issue 1 won’t raise taxes a dime.”
Coleman added, “Ohio’s public works bond issues, approved under governors of both parties, provide state help to local communities for capital improvements that improve safety and reduce maintenance costs. The program has stood the test of time, and approval will be a major benefit to communities in all 88 counties of Ohio.”
Hartmann concluded, “As a local officeholder, I know how tough it is to find money for infrastructure repair and replacement. The Issue 1 public works program is a crown jewel in the state’s support for local governments. Without this state help, many of these projects would face long delays, or never be done at all.”
Aside from the four co-chairs, another several dozen Strong Ohio Communities members will be announced as the campaign unfolds, together with campaign chairmen in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Issue 1 funds will pay up to 90 percent of the cost of repair and replacement projects, and up to 50 percent of new projects that independent panel’s judge to be essential to public health, welfare and quality of life. A per capita allocation system assures that even the smallest Ohio communities share in the benefits of the program.
Ben Kaiser will manage the operations of the Strong Ohio Communities Committee. Strong Ohio Communities will raise money for television ads and other campaign activities necessary to tell the story of the Issue 1 program. It will also operate a website, www.strong-ohio.com, where voters can research facts about the issue, and access a listing of all 11,500 projects completed in the last three decades.
For more information, Contact Strong Ohio Communities at 614-470-4313) or through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is the committee schedule that has been released, so far. If there are any additions or changes to the schedule, we will report those to you on Monday. Have a nice weekend and think Spring!~
Preliminary Committee Schedule