Commissioners ponder submitting capital projects

By Wayne Allen

December 6, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Scioto County officials are exploring their options for submitting projects for the state’s upcoming capital budget. State officials are estimating the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 capital budget will be in excess of a billion dollars.

On Thursday the Scioto County Commissioners reported they have yet to apply for any projects.

“We’ve talked about some projects, but we (Scioto County) have not submitted anything,” Scioto County Grants Administrator Michele Throckmorton said.

Throckmorton did not want to go into details about any potential projects.

“I don’t want to give to many details because I don’t know if we would end up submitting anything,” Throckmorton said.

Throckmorton said submitting a project will depend on the county’s ability to get a project together quickly enough.

Timothy Keen, Director of the Office of Budget and Management, outlines the recent history of capital bills.

“As you know, there was not a capital bill for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12 capital biennium, and economic conditions did not allow for the inclusion of community projects in the FY 2013-14 capital bill. Although community projects have consistently been included in capital bills for decades, there has not been community projects process since FY 2009-10 capital budget,” said Keen said.

Keen said based on the success the higher education community has had with capital projects, the state has redeveloped its funding criteria for capital projects.

“The community project process for the FY 2015-16 capital budget will utilize three separate processes in order to generate project recommendations,” Keen said.

The processes include economic development projects processes in the major metropolitan areas, statewide arts process and project requests from across the state.

According to officials with State Representative Dr. Terry Johnson’s office, “The deadline for a project to be considered at the request of a state representative is Dec. 18 at 4 p.m.”

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