Senator: Ohio paying twice for same building

Aug 9, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio may be paying $6.3 million to purchase a building that it helped pay to construct.

That's the amount Cuyahoga Community College requested Monday from a state legislative panel to buy a Cleveland building from the Visiting Nurses Association of Ohio.

Except Senate Finance Chairman Chris Widener, who sits on the board, pointed out the state gave the nonprofit association $1.6 million to help build the building in the first place. He says the state is essentially paying for the building twice.  Widener was the only no vote.

Widener voted against five requests for funding by universities, including $14,000 Ohio University sought to buy property that touches its golf course. He says universities have requested $47 million for land purchases since 2009.  All five requests considered Monday passed.