Across the great state of Ohio efforts are being made on both sides of the political isle to ensure the future of our drinking water, protect our wildlife habitat and to create jobs to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our great state. This November, as voters, we have the opportunity to make sure that this legacy of preservation lives on.
By voting YES on Issue 2 this November, we will renew the Clean Ohio Fund which will continue to protect Ohio's greatest natural resources. Adopted by voters in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund has been instrumental in the conservation, preservation, and revitalization effort critical to protecting our future and vital to the new jobs stimulus package.
Renewing the Clean Ohio Fund will not raise taxes; instead this initiative will be funded through the sale of bonds and existing state revenue. If passed, Issue 2 will provide $200 million for the revitalization of brownfield sites and help stimulate economic development so desperately needed in many of our local communities throughout the state of Ohio.
Since 2000, the Clean Ohio program has funded the clean up of 173 industrial areas and have leveraged nearly $2.6 billion in private investment, while creating more than 14,750 new jobs.