Cincinnati city, county voice support of Issue 1 on Ohio ballot

CINCINNATI -- A group of Cincinnati area officials and business leaders are coming together Wednesday to support a statewide project.

Leaders including Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann are calling on voters to support Issue 1 on the May 6 ballot.

“We believe that the future of Ohio, the future of Cincinnati depends in good infrastructure, roads, bridges, sewer projects. These are the infrastructures that create the playing field for the private sector economy to work,” Cranley said.

The group will talk about the project at 9:45 a.m. at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce on Vine Street.

Issue 1 would renew the Ohio State Capital Infrastructure Program. Supporters said the program is a bipartisan effort that provides funding assistance to 11,500 infrastructure projects in the Buckeye state.

The group said SCIP has provided funding for road, bridge, sewer and water projects for 27 years, including about $320 million in funding to projects in Hamilton County alone.

Supporters said Issue 1 would not raise taxes.

Officials said the program will create an estimated 3,500 construction and allied jobs over the next decade.

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