Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — At Tuesday’s commission meeting a special resolution was adopted to showcase city leader support for State Issue 1 — renew state capital improvements — that will be on the May 6 ballot.
Cynthia Hotlzapple, finance director, was at the helm to discuss the reasons for seeking support not only from commission members but voters — 25 reasons to be exact.
“That program provided much needed support,” explained Holtzapple of the State Capital Improvement Program, or SCIP, providing grants for local governments, including the city of Piqua, to perform infrastructure improvements such as road repairs and reconstruction.
Capital improvement projects include roads and bridges, waste water and water treatment plants, storm water and sanitary collection, storage and treatment facilities, according to Jack Christopher, secretary of the Ohio ballot board.
Piqua has benefited from SCIP since 1990, the program itself began in 1987, according to Holtzapple, with over $9 million received in support of over two dozen area projects such as the Greene St., Clark Ave., Lincoln St., Forest Ave., Walker St., and East Ash St. reconstruction projects. Along with the Adams Street storm sewer project and County Rd. 25-A reconstruction Phase I, II and impending III, to name a few.
Support of Issue I — to fund public infrastructure capital improvements by permitting the issuance of general obligation bonds — will be a renewal, with no new taxes, and will provide authorization of $1.875 billion in capital improvement bonds over a ten-year period. Broken down, each of the first five fiscal years will consist of no more than $175 million and no more than $200 million in each of the next five fiscal years.
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