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To Fund Public Infrastructure Capital Improvements By Permitting the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds

Ohio Ballot Measure - Issue 1

Election: May 6, 2014 (Primary)
Outcome: Passed



Argument For


Argument Against


This proposed amendment would:

1. Authorize the state to issue bonds or other obligations to finance or
assist in financing public infrastructure capital improvements for local
governments and other governmental entities. Capital improvement
projects would be limited to roads and bridges, waste water treatment
systems, water supply systems, solid waste disposal facilities, storm water
and sanitary collection, storage, and treatment facilities.

2. Determine that such capital improvements are necessary to preserve
and expand the public infrastructure, ensure public health, safety and
welfare, create and preserve jobs, enhance employment opportunities, and
improve the economic welfare of the people of Ohio.

3. Limit the total principal amount of the state general obligations issued
under the amendment to no more than $1.875 billion over a ten-year
period, with no more than $175 million issued in each of the first five
fiscal years and no more than $200 million in each of the next five fiscal
years. Any principal amount that could have been issued in any prior
fiscal year, but was not issued, may subsequently be issued.

4. Require that obligations issued under this amendment mature no later
than thirty (30) years after their date of issuance, and that any obligation
issued to retire or refund other obligations mature no later than the
permitted maturity date for the obligations being retired or refunded.

5. Authorize the General Assembly to pass laws implementing this
amendment, including laws establishing procedures for incurring and
issuing obligations, and laws providing for the use of Ohio products,
materials, services and labor to the extent possible.

If approved, the amendment shall take effect immediately.

A “YES” vote means approval of the amendment.
A “NO” vote means disapproval of the amendment.

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