Mayor Ginther Unveils 2018 Capital Improvements Budget
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther unveiled his 2018 Capital Improvements Budget in conjunction with Columbus City Council this morning at Blackburn Community Recreation Center on the Near East Side. The capital budget includes funding for physical improvements to the city such as street repaving, water and sewer upgrades and building construction.
“I am committed to investing in our neighborhoods to improve the quality of life for all of our residents,” said Mayor Ginther. “This budget allocates funds for core city services such as safe streets and sidewalks, street lights, water and sewer systems. It also helps us address challenges of affordable housing and neighborhood safety.”
The total 2018 Capital Improvements Budget is $1,013 billion, $720 million in new funding and $294 million in carry over dollars. It includes a record amount of funding for street repaving -- $39 million. Water and sewer improvements make up 55 percent -- $557 million – of the budget.
Some additional highlights of the budget include:
• $20 million for a new Linden Community Recreation Center
• $4 million in new sidewalks citywide
• $5 million in streetlights citywide, including projects in Milo-Grogan, Olde Town East and Parsons underpass.
• $2.5 million for the restoration of the Davis Center and $1 million for the Family Adventure Center, both in Franklin Park
• $5 million for the Affordable Housing Alliance to leverage additional funding to support affordable housing in Columbus.
• $480,000 for 8 new construction homes on the South Side that will be sold to market rate buyers and $142,500 for 15 rental homes in the Healthy Rental Homes project.
• $1 million for a gunfire detection system as part of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy
• $3 million for land acquisition and design of Police Substation #8 in Franklinton
• $7 million to begin construction of Firestation #16 in Linden.
• $7.5 million for fire apparatus such as medics, platform ladders and engines.
“This new Capital investment plan is critical to upgrading our neighborhood infrastructure,” said Columbus City Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “We appreciate the detailed work done by the administration to consider long-term challenges in every area from utilities to parks, safety to sidewalks. We look forward to talking to residents at our neighborhood hearings about how we are helping put shovels in the ground, creating jobs and being responsive to their needs.”
City Council will hold four neighborhood hearings to discuss the capital budget. The first reading of the budget at Council will take place on Monday, April 16. The second reading and approval will be on April 23.
The 2018 Capital Improvements Budget can be viewed here