The Preble County Fairgrounds will receive over $800,000 in upgrades and renovations thanks to funds recently announced as part of the State Capital Budget Bill.
This capital budget will bring approximately $1 million in funds to Preble County. The fairgrounds was granted $875,000 in renovation funds, with the help of Senator Bill Beagle and Preble County Commissioner David Wesler. Other projects included will be The Amphitheater and the ASK Playground.
The Preble County Fair Board, which met March 20, learned during their meeting of the approved proposal for a capital improvement project to upgrade portions of the fairgrounds including electrical systems, roadways, buildings, restroom facilities, and more.
According to Wesler, he submitted a proposal for the Capital Budget Bill in December 2013, and was told the results would be ready by early summer. However, the news came to Commissioner Wesler and those involved on March 18.
Wesler had also asked for improvements to be made to the courthouse and the sheriff’s office, however, the funding was to be utilized toward art-related fields.
Wesler, who says he is “a product of Preble County 4-H”, believes the fairgrounds is a “showcase of the county.”
“I’m happy to be helping out the fairgrounds,” he said.
Beagle, of Tipp City, announced the “local investment dollars to support local community priorities,” in a press release issued by the Ohio Senate.
“This year’s Capital Budget included several community projects for Preble County,” Beagle said.
“‘I am excited to see funds made available through wise economic policies and investment strategies be used for the projects in Preble County that have been included in the state’s Capital Budget,” said Beagle. “These projects will continue to make Preble County a great place to live and raise a family and I look forward to seeing these state funds make a difference in our community.”
Other projects in Preble County which will receive funding will be the completion of the Preble County Historical Society’s Amphitheater, and the Developmental Disabilities A.S.K. Playground in Eaton.
Wesler offered his thanks Beagle, Senator Keith Faber, and Governor John Kasich for considering his proposal, and their dedication to improving the fairgrounds.
Preble County in total will receive $1 million in funding.
Further plans regarding the fairgrounds renovation project are still pending.
Ohio’s capital budget provides fiscally responsible investments to maintain and improve the state’s educational and public-service infrastructure. The capital budget focuses on the most pressing maintenance and construction needs of state government, schools and higher education, with particular emphasis given to each investment’s impact on jobs and economic growth.
Since the capital budget ultimately impacts the state operating budget through General Revenue Fund debt service, these recommendations are consistent with Gov. Kasich’s commitment to target state dollars in ways that help improve the lives of Ohioans and keep the state a leader in the competitive world economy, a press release noted.