DARKE COUNTY - With unofficial poll results in, it seems clear that Ohio voters support a public works program which funds upgrades to infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and sewage, the Associated Press reported.
State Issue 1 has been helping strengthen the infrastructure of Ohio for 27 years, said Jim Surber, Darke County engineer. It will go into effect immediately following this Primary Election to continue doing so.
“Over the past 27 years, 11,500 local sewer, water, street, road and bridge projects in all 88 Ohio counties were made possible with funds that provide up to 95 percent of the total project costs,” Surber noted.
Nearly every township in Darke County has utilized capital improvement funds; more recently, Wayne Lakes completed four bridges necessary to make entry into the village, said Surber, and other areas of the county have utilized funds in the last several years to improve area bridges, as well.
According to the information released by Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office, the amendment will limit bond issuance to $1.875 billion over 10 years; with no more than $175 million being allocated in each of the first five fiscal years, and no more than $200 million in each of the five after that.
These monies are available only to local governments, including counties, townships, cities, and villages, Surber said; and sometimes, vital infrastructure repairs aren’t possible without the assistance from the public works program, renewed through State Issue 1.
Governor John Kasich said the proposal would keep Ohio’s economy growing, making much needed investments in local infrastructure.