Ohio legislature votes to approve gas tax increase

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COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) — A final transportation budget of $865 million with a 10.5 cent gas tax increase has been approved by the Ohio House and Senate Tuesday 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.

Speaker of the House Larry Householder was asked if he thinks that is going to be enough to get us through 2030.

“I don’t think anybody knows what kind of vehicles we’re going to be driving predominantly in Ohio in 2030 or how much revenue a gasoline tax will raise because of that. What’s important is we feel like this will get us through four or five years,” Householder said. “In the meantime, we’re going to study and figure out where Ohio is evolving.”

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

The proposed budget now goes to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk.

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