Lima hoping for funding help

LIMA — Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act should bring extra funding to the City of Lima, mayor-elect Sharetta Smith and local union leaders said Monday.

Smith, along with UAW Local 1219 President Jeff Adams and Lima Building Trades President Rick Perdue, braved the cold for an outdoor press conference Monday as part of the Building Ohio Together Tour, organized by the Ohio Democratic Party and For Our Future Ohio.

While it is unknown how much funding Lima will get, all three speakers were excited about the impact the dollars could make locally.

“The infrastructure bill represents the largest infrastructure investment in American history and will have meaningful results for working families here in Lima, like fixing our aging water system and expanding broadband access for West Central Ohio families,” Smith said.

Experts believe the bipartisan bill will create good-paying jobs that will help Ohio businesses grow by investing in roads, bridges, public transit, water pipes and broadband.

“Because of this bill, Ohio’s economy will be back on the road to recovery with billions of dollars in investments and hundreds of new good-paying jobs. We’re working to lower costs for working Ohioans, rather than for big corporations and the super rich,” Adams said.

All three speakers mentioned how investments in infrastructure would also be bolstered by Build Back Better legislation that also invests in human infrastructure, by cutting taxes and making life more affordable for working families.

Working Ohioans have felt the squeeze for too long from big corporations. We are excited that with the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Ohio will see good-paying union jobs and finally fix our roads, bridges, water pipes and high-speed internet,” Perdue stated.

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Lima Mayor-Elect Sharetta Smith says the infrastructure bill will have meaningful results for working families here in Lima.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_smith-infrastructure-celebration.jpgLima Mayor-Elect Sharetta Smith says the infrastructure bill will have meaningful results for working families here in Lima.

UAW Local 1219 President Jeff Adams, Lima Mayor-Elect Sharetta Smith and Lima Building Trades President Rick Perdue all spoke outside the UAW hall Monday night in celebration of the passage of the infrastructure bill.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_adams-smith-and-Jones.jpgUAW Local 1219 President Jeff Adams, Lima Mayor-Elect Sharetta Smith and Lima Building Trades President Rick Perdue all spoke outside the UAW hall Monday night in celebration of the passage of the infrastructure bill.

By Joe Gilroy

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Ohio is expected to receive:

• $9.2 billion for highways and $483 million for bridge replacement and repairs.

• $1.2 billion to improve public transit.

• $100 million in broadband funding, including providing high-speed internet access to the at least 259,000 Ohioans who lack it.

• $1.4 billion over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state.

• $253 million for infrastructure development for airports.