Issue One

Dear Editor,

In 1987, the voters of Ohio passed a constitutional amendment (then known as Issue 2) to provide funding to local governments for much needed infrastructure projects.

Funding for this was approved for a period of 10 years to help local counties, municipalities, townships and water authorities with public works projects for roads, bridges, culverts, water supply and distribution systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, waste disposal facilities and storm water systems. This was such a success, that the citizens of Ohio voted in 1995 and 2005 to continue the program.

The state legislature has placed on the May 6th statewide ballot State Issue One so that this very important program can continue for another ten years.

Since 1987, local governments of Belmont County have received over $37 million in grants towards the construction of 225 projects. This has created many jobs for our local labor force, which has a great impact on our local economy.

Most of these projects would not have been possible without these grants.

The Belmont Commissioners, along with most municipalities and townships have all passed resolutions supporting State Issue One. I encourage everyone to vote yes on May 6 on this matter.

Thank you for you help on this matter.

Sincerely,

Fred Bennett

Belmont County Engineer

Bridgeport