Belmont County Commissioner reacts to proposed Ohio gas tax increase

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It’s a new plan that will end up costing you more money when you head to the pump. 

Reaction is pouring in after Ohio’s House and Senate approved a proposal to increase the state’s fuel taxes. Both chambers voted Tuesday to approve a long-awaited compromise on the tax increases in the state transportation budget. 

The proposal would increase the state gas tax by 10.5 cents per gallon and it would also raise the state diesel tax by 19 cents per gallon.The increases mean that Ohioans would pay a state tax rate of 38.5 cents per gallon on gas and 47 cents a gallon on diesel.

The revenue from these taxes would go towards fixing and maintaining Ohio’s roads and bridges.

Belmont County Commissioner Josh Meyer believes that a tax increase should have been implemented a long time ago. 

“One of the ways that the engineer’s office is funded in the State of Ohio is through the gas tax and through license plate fees,” said Meyer. “So again, this is just something that was long overdue since it hasn’t happened since 2005.”

If Governor Mike DeWine signs off on this proposal, the new fuel tax rates would take effect July 1.

7News will continue to follow the Ohio fuel tax situation both on-air and at WTRF.com. 

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