Clean Ohio Update Krista Magaw, Tecumseh Land TrustAdrienne Dziak, The Nature Conservancy OEC Legislative Summit February 1, 2013
2008 Clean Ohio Fund Reauthorization Statewide Ballot Issue• Approved by voters with 69% support. Passed in all 88 counties.• Allows the General Assembly to approve selling $400 million in state bonds: – $200 million for Revitalization Fund - brownfields cleanup. – $200 million for three “green programs” - Agricultural Easement, Conservation, and Trails programs.
Green Programs Funded 2008-2012• $100 million in bonding included in FY 2009-2010 Capital Budget bill. Shared among three programs – Fall 2008.• $6 million in bonding for Trails Fund in FY2013- 2014 Capital Budget bill – Spring 2012.• $6 million for Agricultural Easement Purchase and $36 million for Green Space Conservation programs in bonding included in FY2012-2013 Mid-biennial Budget Review bill – Spring 2012.• $52 million in bonding remains available for green programs.
Progress from Bonding Approved in 2012• Agricultural Easement Purchase Program - $2.7 million in funding available - Winter 2013. Second funding round of $2.7 million planned for 2014.• Conservation Program - $36 million in funding available - Fall 2012. Awards in process.• Trails Fund - $6 million. Proposals due today.
Brownfield Funds• $15 million in bonding included in FY2012-2013 Mid-Biennial Budget Review bill.• Fund administered through Ohio EPA and former Ohio Department of Development, now Development Services Agency (DSA).• Fall 2012 – DSA proposed changes in policies & procedures and process for reviewing and awarding applications.• January 2013 – No formal action taken on proposed changes.
Green Programs – Next Steps• Secure $52 million in bonding in current General Assembly.• Advocacy efforts – Economic impact report being developed. – Meeting with key legislators in Columbus. – Scheduling legislators to visit Clean Ohio sites in their respective districts. – OEC Lobby Day – March 19. – Other efforts in collaboration with coordinating group.• Looking ahead to Clean Ohio Fund renewal.