NEWS

Latest OPWC Funding Updates from PDG

We hope you are all safe and well!
 
Since the end of March, we’ve been reporting that a capital bill is uncertain. This remains to be the case. Nothing has been introduced and it could be months before there is a bill. For infrastructure customers, this means there is currently no funding for previously selected Round 34 State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) projects, Revolving Loan Program (RLP) projects, and the Round 34 Small Government program. There is also no appropriation for Round 35 and no funding for the Emergency Program. In addition, for Clean Ohio customers, this also means there is no appropriation for future rounds (i.e., 15 and 16). Our Integrating Committees and Natural Resource Assistance Councils are understandably on hold.
 
We have also been reporting that a reappropriations bill has been delayed. Last week, H.B. 670 was introduced in the House and is having its 1 st  hearing today in House Finance. In addition, the Senate introduced S.B. 316 yesterday which is also scheduled to be heard today in Senate Finance. Both the House and Senate are planning to have legislation to Governor DeWine for his signature by the end of June, if not before.
We are doing our best to keep our customers informed about our funding status. We understand our funding may appear complicated as we rely on various budget bills to fund and operate our programs due to various types of funding sources. Operating budgets are enacted in each odd-numbered year. The main operating budget is the primary funding vehicle for the three branches of state government, executive (state agencies, boards, commissions), legislative (Ohio General Assembly), and judicial (Ohio Supreme Court), making operating appropriations for state programs. The transportation budget bill makes appropriations related to transportation and public safety, programs funded by motor fuel excise taxes (“gas tax”).
 
The capital budget, enacted in each even-number year, provides appropriations for the repair, reconstruction and construction of capital assets, most of which are supported by the issuance of long-term debt. Since the Ohio Constitution limits the length of appropriations to no more than two years and capital projects can take more than two years to complete, appropriation balances must be extended or reappropriated to remain in effect to allow time to bring projects to completion. The table below shows how OPWC’s programs are typically funded with reference to the most recently enacted legislation. Note that the state’s fiscal year (FY) is from July 1 st  to June 30 th .
 
As always, please watch our website for updates. We keep it current. The Home Page,  www.pwc.ohio.gov , pertains to our funding situation and additional details, including FAQs, are provided on our Covid-19 page,  https://pwc.ohio.gov/Home/COVID-19-Protocol-Changes . The Covid-19 page has a wealth of information. You can also use our search tool to look up information based on a key word. If you can’t find what you are looking for, email your program representative or me and we will be happy to assist you. We continue to work from home, so we are not in the office to retrieve mail. Please keep submitting documentation electronically.
 
?Also, if you need a disbursement paid quickly, this year’s guarantee date is June 12 th  to accommodate the State of Ohio’s fiscal year-end shut down.
 
Linda Bailiff
Director