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Local drivers says gas tax is necessary cost

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On the day after the Ohio House and Senate approved a transportation budget that includes a 10.5 cent per gallon gas tax increase, some local drivers are taking it all in stride. 

WKBN First News spoke with several drivers, including Jim Nard of Boardman, who say the extra cost is hard to take but is worth it to have better roads. 

Nard will feel the punch since he drives to Akron every day. 

“I’m sure there is always going to be some push back, but you have to pay for it in some way. I blew three tires this year. I am paying for it anyway,” he said. 

A final transportation budget of $865 million was approved by the Ohio House and Senate Tuesday afternoon. It was signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday afternoon.

The budget would increase the gasoline tax by 10.5 cents and the diesel tax by 19 cents, effective July 1, 2019. Compressed natural gas would also be taxed at the diesel rate after a five-year phase in.

It also sets the electric and hybrid car fees back at the original rate proposed by the House, $200 and $100 respectively.

The removal of the front license plate was also put back into the proposal. That would go into effect in 2020.

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