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 Secretary Geithner, Governor Strickland Tout Benefits of Recovery Act School Bonds Program


8/20/2009
Qualified School Construction Bonds Program Provides $22 Billion Nationally; Ohio Using More Than $224 Million to Upgrade, Build Schools Statewide
 

BEREA, OH – As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to highlight the local impact of economic stimulus programs, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today visited the construction site for a future school building funded through Qualified School Construction Bonds. Created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), these school bonds help state and local governments obtain the financing for much needed public school improvements and construction. To date, Ohio has designated $224 million in school construction bonds for use in more than 60 school districts throughout the state – creating an estimated 2,400 jobs, according to the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

"The Recovery Act's bond programs are an innovative way of giving communities direct access to the funding needed to increase development and stimulate the local economy," said Secretary Geithner. "Because of the Recovery Act's bonds program, state and local governments are able to obtain the funds needed to create jobs and revitalize our communities."

The Recovery Act included $22 billion for Qualified School Construction Bonds nationwide. Investors who buy these bonds receive federal income tax credits in lieu of interest, allowing state and local governments to obtain financing without incurring interest expense. States may directly issue the bonds on behalf of eligible schools or provide school districts with the authority to issue the bonds within the state.

Said Governor Strickland: "The impact of President Obama's Recovery Act is clear – because of just one of the Recovery Act's innovative bond programs, we are creating jobs and building the schools of the future today. Ohio is a clear example of how successful Recovery Act bonds can be in helping states pursue much-needed development infrastructure projects during these challenging times."

Geithner and Strickland visited the site of Fairwood Elementary School, an old school building in Berea, Ohio that is being torn down to make room for construction of a new building. Because of the Recovery Act, the Berea City School District will be able to consolidate four old schools into one new building, without raising local taxes and with an anticipated savings to the district of $500,000 per year.

"Because of the Recovery Act Bond Programs, children in our school district will have access to modern, efficient, earth friendly 21 st century learning environments, and we will be able to make this available to students across the district thanks to the savings that we will realize from this program. All of this is able to be done without an increase in taxes for our homeowners," said Berea City Schools Superintendant Derran Wimer.

Since being signed into law, the Recovery Act has already made nearly $6 billion available to Ohio – providing tax relief, filling gaps in Medicaid funding, incentivizing small business lending, and jump-starting highway construction projects. Ohio's teachers, school staff and education programs are benefiting from more than $2 billion in Recovery Act funding, including $1.3 billion in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, which are helping keep teachers on the job and in the classroom.

In addition to the $242 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds already at work, the Recovery Act has provided Ohio with $152 million of Build America Bonds – a program under which Treasury makes a direct payment to the state or local governmental issuer in an amount equal to 35 percent of the interest payment on the bond. The Recovery Act has also allocated $1.05 billion of Recovery Zone Bonds to Ohio. Cuyahoga County alone, which encompasses the city of Cleveland, has access to $106 million in Recovery Zone Bonds, which are targeted to areas particularly affected by job loss and will help local governments obtain financing for much needed economic development projects, such as public infrastructure development. Treasury provides a larger subsidy for Recovery Zone Bonds, equal to 45 percent of the interest.

The following is a school district breakdown of the $224 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds designated for Ohio to date.

School District Name

County

Current $ Allocation

Austintown LSD

Mahoning

3,231,502.00

Avon Lake CSD

Lorain

2,989,139.00

Bath LSD

Allen

629,919.00

Beachwood CSD

Cuyahoga

3,231,502.00

Bellevue CSD

Huron

3,231,502.00

Bellevue CSD

Huron

1,200,000.00

Berea CSD

Cuyahoga

11,500,000.00

Big Walnut LSD

Delaware

10,000,000.00

Bloom-Carroll LSD

Fairfield

3,231,502.00

Bloomfield-Mesopotamia LSD

Trumball

291,574.00

Buckeye LSD

Medina

3,500,000.00

Cedar Cliff LSD

Greene

1,685,515.00

Champion LSD

Trumbull

567,763.00

Circleville CSD

Pickaway

3,231,502.00

Clinton Massie LSD

Clinton

498,599.00

Cloverleaf LSD

Medina

10,000,000.00

Columbus Grove LSD

Putnam/Allen

5,000,000.00

Covington EVSD

Miami

2,023,105.23

Crestline LSD

Crawford

9,913,151.00

Crestwood LSD

Portage

2,061,877.26

Eastwood LSD

Wood

2,474,781.42

Eaton Community CSD

Preble

680,750.04

Elgin LSD

Marion

2,552,231.95

Euclid CSD

Cuyahoga

3,231,501.68

Firelands LSD

Lorain

3,231,501.68

Hopewell-Loudon LSD

Seneca

2,259,528.04

Hudson CSD

Summit

2,100,000.00

Huron CSD

Eire

1,500,000.00

Liberty Center LSD

Henry

936,270.00

Logan Elm

Pickaway

2,868,081.54

Loudonville-Perrysville EVSD

Ashland

3,231,501.68

Loveland CSD

Hamilton

6,016,992.00

Madison LSD

Madison

3,231,501.68

Madison Plains LSD

Madison

3,231,501.68

Manchester LSD

Summit

3,231,501.68

Marietta CSD

Washington

3,231,501.68

Matthews LSD

Trumball

3,231,501.68

Mayfield CSD

Cuyahoga

10,000,000.00

Mid-East CTSD

Muskingum

6,446,439.00

North Baltimore LSD

Wood

5,000,000.00

North Fork LSD

Licking

563,006.28

Northeastern LSD

Clark

3,231,501.68

Northwestern LSD

Clark

3,231,502.00

Norton CSD

Summit

3,231,502.00

Old Fort LSD

Seneca

787,732.00

Otsego LSD

Wood

4,000,000.00

Port Clinton CSD

Ottawa

3,231,502.00

Russia LSD

Shelby

1,979,536.00

Shelby CSD

Richland

3,231,502.00

Southeastern LSD

Clark

815,000.00

Switzerland LSD

Monroe

10,000,000.00

Triway LSD

Wayne

2,676,161.00

Troy CSD

Miami

1,556,589.00

Twin-Valley LSD

Preble

459,285.00

Vanguard-Sentinel CC

Sandusky

5,783,812.00

Vantage Career Center

Van Wert

1,162,973.00

Wadsworth CSD

Medina

15,000,000.00

Warren County CC

Warren

3,231,502.00

Weathersfield LSD

Trumball

1,142,992.00

Wellington EVSD

Lorain

3,231,502.00

Westlake CSD

Cuyahoga

3,231,502.00

Woodmore LSD

Sandusky

2,519,804.00

Xenia CSD

Greene

3,231,502.00

 

Total Assigned

224,235,647.91

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