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Rep. Hayes applauds capital budget’s investment in local communities

| March 27, 2014

COLUMBUS—State Representative Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Twp.) applauded the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of House Bill 497—the state’s capital budget bill—which appropriates funding for local projects throughout Ohio and the 72nd House District.

Specifically, House Bill 497 invests in the following projects, which were requested by Rep. Hayes on behalf of the district:

  • $341,600 to restore the General Babb House, a building on the National Register of Historic Places, which will ultimately become the new home of the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society and house more than 25 cultural events annually
  • $200,000 to the Public artPARK for the purchase a half-acre of land in downtown Coshocton to display temporary works of art
  • $100,000 to the National Ceramic Museum and Heritage Center for the renovation of buildings in Roseville
  • $100,000 to restore the Perry County Opera House for use as a cultural arts facility
  • $140,000 for restorations to the Tecumseh Theater Opera House
  • $57,960 to the Johnson-Humrick House Museum for the replacement of a hot water boiler and air conditioning chiller

“These improvement projects will give cultural infrastructure a boost in the communities where they are located,” said Rep. Hayes. “In addition, I hope this use of the peoples’ money will serve as encouragement to those who toil to keep these facilities going day in and day out. I am glad for each of them and the work they do.”

The capital budget focuses on the most pressing needs of state government, schools, and economic development within Ohio’s communities.  It is a collaborative process involving state and local leaders, the economic development community, the arts community, and others to provide guidance on local investments, while balancing the state’s need for fiscal restraint and responsibility.

House Bill 497 passed with strong bipartisan support in the House and now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate. 

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