Will Ohioans Be Asked Next Year to OK $1B to Clean Up Water?

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio voters could be asked next November whether to approve spending $1 billion on improving water quality around the state.

A group of lawmakers and an agriculture-led partnership are looking at whether to put a statewide bond issue for water projects on the ballot.

The idea would allow Ohio to borrow $1 billion over 10 years.

But Gov. John Kasich is now questioning whether more money really is needed. He says Ohio is making progress tackling the algae blooms that have fouled the state’s lakes and rivers.

Backers of a potential bond issue say their research shows support for spending money on protecting the state’s water resources.

A lot of the details are still in the planning stages, including how the money would be spent.