COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOWK/AP) – Ohioans will now pay more for gas and diesel fuel under new state tax rates.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed a transportation budget in April to increase Ohio’s tax on gas by 10.5 cents a gallon and the tax on diesel fuel by 19 cents beginning July 1. The new rates began Monday.
The bill was aimed at providing money to maintain deteriorating roads and bridges. Ohioans will now pay a state tax rate of 38.5 cents per gallon on gas and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel.
DeWine declined to veto other provisions of the bill, including one allowing for removal of front license plates, starting July 1, 2020. The measure also sets fees at $200 for alternative vehicles and $100 for hybrid vehicles.
WOWK 13 News Reporter Shannon Litton went to gas stations in South Point and Burlington to talk to customers about the increase.
Some were visibly upset, others didn’t seem to mind paying a little more to help fix the roads, and some were not aware the gas tax was going into effect today.
“The roads probably do need [to be repaired]. If that’s where it goes, I’m sure they need it,” said Tonya Leighty, a customer at the Murphy’s gas station in South Point. “the boom line is we all need gas. We’re [going to] get it regardless, we have to have gas to [get] around, so it is what it is.”
Carl Gray, a customer at the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop gas station in Burlington, says now that it’s a holiday week, more people will be stopping at the pump to buy gas. “It’s [going to] get worse, it [won’t get any] better,” said Gray. “It’s [not going to] do you [any] good to complain about the gas because it’s [going to] go up [and] it’s [going to] go down. That’s the way I feel about it, bud.”
Luckily for those customers, gas stations in the area had not raised their prices yet and as of Monday morning, gas prices were cheaper than they had been all weekend.