Proposed supplemental capital budgets released Monday from the state House of Representatives and the Senate show more than $16.75 million for projects and initiatives in the 20th Legislative District.
The only local item listed in the Senate’s supplemental capital budget is $300,000 set to be invested in a Lewis County Regional Tennis and Wrestling Facility in Chehalis. The project has also received a $875,000 proposal from the House.
State Rep. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, is the assistant ranking Republican on the House Capital Budget Committee, and he said in a news release that the supplemental capital budget is an important step for the completion of projects in the 20th Legislative District, let alone Washington state.
"This year's House-proposed capital budget reflects many of our priorities in education, mental and (behavioral) health and housing,” Abbarno said. “House Republicans are focused on real solutions for our communities and the state. Our proposed budget focuses on local projects that will create economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for all Washingtonians.”
Of the $16.5 million proposed by the Houe’s supplemental capital budget, over $14 million would be spent on just two local infrastructure projects.
Morton would receive about $12.4 million for a water system improvement project, while Napavine is slotted for $2 million for upgrades to the Lewis County Fire District No. 5 stations and equipment.
There are also some funds ready for other types of construction, like $515,000 for the Woodland Community Library Building project and the aforementioned proposal for the Lewis County Regional Tennis and Wrestling facility in Chehalis.
Other recreational initiatives are also covered in the budget.
A Tenino City playground would receive funding up to about $515,000 and Castle Rock’s North Trailhead could receive $155,000 for a restroom and covered shelter.
"The next stage of the process is working with our colleagues in the Senate and the governor's office to finalize the capital budget,” Abbarno added. “I am honored to be part of the process and put our communities' values and stamp on this budget.