Clean Ohio program has helped Lawrence County

Published 11:53 pm Saturday, November 1, 2008

State Issue 2 is important to the residents of Lawrence County and we can all continue to reap the benefits of this program without a tax increase. Just because this is a bond issue does not mean an increase, it is permissive, not mandatory and is an extension of an existing program.

The program began in 2001 and is set to expire soon, which is the reason it’s on the ballot in November. During the last decade, Lawrence County has greatly benefited from many aspects of this program, including Brownfield-funded projects. Those include the Carlyle Tile Plant which is no longer a county eyesore, the former Allied Chemical-Signal-Honeywell site that has been turned into an asset instead of a liability, and the Malleable/Ironton Iron location now undergoing renovation.

Boaters too, now have better access to the Ohio River thanks to the Nature Works component of the program, which has provided launch sites in several locations.

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So far, Lawrence County has not used provisions in this program to fund preservation of working family farms, drinking water protection, or to expand wildlife habitats, but these components are there if the need arises to use them.

Lawrence County voters can continue to enable our community’s development entities to use this funding and make the county better by casting a “Yes” vote on State Issue 2. This is an opportunity we would be foolish to let lapse.

Jo Huff