Thursday, May 23, 2024

12th District lawmakers secure over $26M for local projects in unanimous capital budget approval

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OLYMPIA - House Republican Deputy Leader Mike Steele and Rep. Keith Goehner have announced the inclusion of more than $26 million in district-funded projects in the 2024 supplemental capital budget, 2ESSB 5949. The budget received unanimous approval from House lawmakers today in Olympia.

The announcement by the 12th District lawmakers highlights their commitment to securing funding for their communities. These allocated funds will support a variety of essential projects aimed at enhancing infrastructure, bolstering community services, and promoting economic development within the region.

Steele, assistant ranking member on the Capital Budget Committee, expressed his satisfaction with the collaborative effort that led to the final budget's crafting.

"This is a good budget," said SteeleR-Chelan. "Through bipartisan cooperation, we deployed funds across Washington to address crucial areas such as affordable housing, infrastructure, school construction, and job creation. This budget not only stimulates employment but also fosters economic growth, benefiting communities of all sizes throughout our state. I am grateful for the trust my caucus has placed in me to negotiate this budget on their behalf, and I am committed to serving our constituents effectively."

Goehner, R-Dryden, emphasized the significance of these projects for the prosperity of the 12th District.

"The inclusion of more than $26 million in district-funded projects in the 2024 supplemental capital budget is a significant win for our communities," said Goehner. "These funds will support critical initiatives that will enhance the quality of life for residents and contribute to the long-term prosperity of our districts. I am grateful for the opportunity to advocate for these projects and deliver results to the people we represent."

12th District-funded project highlights include:

  • Chelan Municipal Airport Extension: $1 million
  • Crail Cottages: $248,000
  • Leavenworth Affordable Workforce Rental Housing (Leavenworth): $1.3 million
  • Sky Valley Youth Center: $1.53 million
  • Alatheia Capacity building Capital Project: $150,000
  • Chelan County Hazard Mitigation: $98,000
  • Manson Grange Hall Improvement Project: $193,000
  • Old Swim Hole Revitalization Project: $206,000
  • Regional Sports Complex-Site Evaluation and Pre-Design: $300,000
  • Town of Index Safety and ADA Access Improvements: $25,000
  • Wenatchee Valley College: Softball Facilities: $462,000
  • Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center: $14.463 million
  • Eagle Creek Barrier Design and Replacement: $354,000
  • Peoples Creek Fish Passage: $380,000
  • Middle Fork Snoqualimie: $835,000
  • Morning Star: $3.5 million
  • CBPS SBCTC Statewide: Utility Submeters for Clean Buildings Act: $147,000

Public Schools:

  • PG Skykomish: $27,000
  • SD Skykomish: $1.234 million

The final 2024 supplemental capital budget allocates a total of $1.33 billion, including $130.6 million in bonds. The plan makes significant investments throughout the state in K-12 school construction, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment facilities, and early learning facilities, leaving $547,000 in remaining bond capacity.

For a complete list of 12th District projects included in the capital budget, click here.
To review budget documents, click here.

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