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News Date: March 04, 2019
Mayor Ginther and Other Leaders Unite in Support of Major Changes to Transportation Funding
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and other leaders throughout the region stood together to support House Bill 62 that would increase the state motor fuel user fee for the first time since 2005. A portion of that increase would flow to cities to help maintain roads and bridges. The Ohio Department of Transportation estimates that Columbus would receive $19 million in the first year and Franklin County communities would receive $32 million.
“Every person in every neighborhood – throughout the city, the region and the state – deserves to have well-maintained roads to get them to work and to school,” said Mayor Ginther. “Our roads and bridges are seeing more traffic than ever before – which means they need more frequent maintenance. If they are not properly maintained, we are in danger of losing our competitive edge for new business and jobs.”
On Friday, the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association agreed unanimously to support the bill. Franklin County Engineer Cornell Robertson also offered his support.
“A funding pothole has formed because key revenue streams for maintaining roadway infrastructure have been stagnant for almost two decades while construction costs have nearly doubled in just four years,” said Cornell. “This is very important to Franklin County, which is the most populous county in the state.”
The maintenance work would create jobs in central Ohio.
“House Bill 62 is a jobs bill. Passage will lead to $1.2 billion per year throughout the state that could be used for construction, maintenance and repair of roads and bridges,” said Dorsey Hager, Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer. “That level of investment will lead to thousands of jobs that provide good wages and benefits ensuring members of our community can provide for their families.”
Columbus Urban League President and CEO Stephanie Hightower agreed.
“For over 100 years, the Columbus Urban League has been committed to creating hope and opportunity for the families we serve across every neighborhood. Our work strengthens families, overcomes barriers and achieves economic mobility,” said Hightower. “We are proud to stand with Mayor Ginther and other community leaders in support of HB 62.”
The House is expected to vote on the bill on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.