MORPC BACKS ISSUE 1 TO EXTEND INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING
APRIL 28, 2014
On May 6, 2014, voters will be asked to authorize Issue 1. The proposed constitutional amendment will authorize up to $1.875 billion in bonds over 10 years for local community road, bridge, sewer, water and other infrastructure projects. The ballot issue is a 10-year renewal that goes from its current level of $150 million per year to $175 million for five years, and then to $200 million.
First approved in 1987, the program has twice been renewed by voters overwhelmingly, in 1995 and 2005. The State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) is a grant/loan program administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission. SCIP has been a valuable funding tool to enable our local member governments to pursue needed infrastructure preservation. For example, during the first 28 rounds, 41 political jurisdictions in Franklin County were awarded more than $397 million from the SCIP program.
Through SCIP tens of thousands of jobs have been created in 27 years, and the renewal of this program is expected to provide an estimated 3,500 more construction and allied jobs over the next decade. By improving roads, bridges, sewers and other facilities, Issue 1 improves job climate and quality of life for all Ohioans.
MORPC previously approved Resolution 03-14: “SUPPORTING SJR6 AND HJR9 THAT WILL REAUTHORIZE OHIO PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION BOND FUNDING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS”, which allowed the constitutional amendment be placed on the May 6 ballot. Last month, MORPC continued support by approving Resolution 11-14: "SUPPORTING THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE OHIO CONSTITUTION (ISSUE 1) TO EXTEND THE STATE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM".