Important 2020 Announcements

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To Our Customers,
On March 30, 2020, considering the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we announced that the capital bill for the next biennium is uncertain. This message remains current. The capital bill is the source of funding for the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP), which includes Small Government and Emergency programs, Revolving Loan Program (RLP), and the Clean Ohio Green Space Program. Until funding is in place, Round 34 infrastructure SCIP and RLP project agreements will not be released. The OPWC plans to release Local Transportation Improvement Program funded project agreements on or after July 1, 2020 since LTIP was funded in the FY20-21 Transportation Budget. In addition, guidance and allocations for all programs for next fiscal year are on hold; therefore, district integrating committees and natural resource assistance councils were told to postpone application solicitation schedules for next fiscal year until further notice.
(Update 5/21/20) We previously reported that it is possible that a reappropriations bill may be delayed which could impact previously funded SCIP, RLP, and Clean Ohio projects. The Ohio Constitution limits the length of appropriations to no more than two years. Since capital projects can take more than two years to complete, appropriation balances are extended or reappropriated to remain in effect to allow additional time to bring such projects to completion. Legislation is typically enacted to be effective in July each biennium. Both the Ohio House and Senate have introduced reappropriations bills and anticipate passage by the end of June. As we do every year, we close our books about mid-June until about/after July 1st for the state year-end close-out process. We will guarantee payment this fiscal year for those disbursements that are properly completed and received electronically by June 12, 2020 but will continue to disburse thereafter as long as we can. We encourage you to submit disbursement requests as soon as possible via email to your program representative to ensure that any submittals intended for this fiscal year are processed in a timely manner. Delayed legislation has the potential to affect all past active OPWC funded projects – infrastructure and Clean Ohio. Understanding that we may not be able to immediately resume disbursements after year-end on July 1st, please plan accordingly, but we are optimistic that legislation will be in place by the end of June. We are extending project schedules and accommodating you to the best of our ability. We only ask that you contact your respective program representative and let them know if you require an extension.
Please watch this site for any updates concerning any changes to procedures, policies, and schedules. We will continue to evaluate and adjust as necessary. Our COVID-19 page gives further clarification on past and current projects.
Be safe, be well, and thank you for doing your part in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. We are all in this together.
Linda Bailiff
Director

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