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Clean Ohio Fund Fulling Funded in State Budget

Ohio Environmental Council, August 1, 2013

Good news! State lawmakers in Columbus have added $52 million for the Clean Ohio Fund to Ohio’s state operating budget for Fiscal Years 2014-2015.

Signed into law by the Governor as part of the state operating budget, this appropriation maxes out the rest of a $400 million bond that Ohio voters in 2008 gave the state permission to borrow for the fund.

Since first approved in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund has helped enable the permanent conservation of thousands of acres of open space and family farmland, built hundreds of miles of recreational trails, and cleaned up and put back into production hundreds of abandoned old industrial sites.

According to two recent economic analyses, the Clean Ohio Fund is paying a pretty dividend to Ohio taxpayers and Ohio’s economic and natural environments:                                                              

  • The Trust for Public Land found that every $1 invested in land conservation returned $4 in natural goods and services to the Ohio economy.
  • The Greater Ohio Policy Center similarly found that every $1 spent on brownfield redevelopment produced a return on investment of $4.67in new economic activity on 21 surveyed brownfield projects.

The OEC and partners worked hard to assure that the full $52 million remained in the budget as a joint Ohio House-Ohio Senate conference committee ironed out differences between the two chambers’ budget plans.

Read more about the Clean Ohio Fund.