Vinton County was appropriated $444,098 in CARES Act funding.

House Bill 481 authorized the allocation of $350 million in CARES Act funding to provide payments to local governments to pay for expenses accrued due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. House Bill 481 also reappropriates nearly $1.28 billion in capital funds for the Fiscal Year 2021 – Fiscal Year 2022 biennium, including several projects already underway in the 93rd District.

“I am proud of support legislation that secures these crucial funds to Southern Ohio,” said State Representative Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill), who serves the 93rd district. “House Bill 481 combines two independent bills into one extensive bill for the greater good of the state. I applaud my collages on both sides of the aisle for recognizing the necessity of passing House Bill 481 along to the Governor.”

State Representative Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) co-sponsored House Bill 481.

As passed by the House, House Bill 481 also authorizes the conveyance of certain under-utilized plots of land owned by the state to outside purchasers or local governments. Twenty-six properties throughout the state, including two locations in Gallia County, are included in the comprehensive legislation.

The bill passed the House on May 20 and the Senate on June 10.

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