Mike DeWine, Ohio governor (R), announced Wednesday, April 3, that he signed a transportation bill which features an increase of 10.5 cents per gallon in the state gas tax.
The increase is a compromise between the 18 cent increase DeWine wanted, the 6 cents proposed by the Ohio Senate, and the 10.7 cents the Ohio House of Representatives suggested.
The increase is on both gasoline and diesel fuel, and will raise about $850 million for additional road repairs. Out of that total, 45% will go to local governmental entities.
Ohio motorists begin paying the new tax July 1.
A statement released by Theresa Gavarone, state senator representing Fulton County (R-Bowling Green), said, “Thanks to this action, northwest Ohio is an even more attractive place for job creators to do business.
“I am looking forward to the increased economic growth that will come to the region.”