COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week signed a transportation budget which increases Ohio’s tax on gas by 10.5 cents a gallon and the tax on diesel fuel by 19 cents to maintain deteriorating roads and bridges, while also allowing for the removal of front license plates.
DeWine signed the bill Wednesday, April 3, a day after lawmakers in the House and Senate finished negotiations and passed it.
The new tax rates start July 1. The increases mean Ohioans will 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 the one that allows for the removal of front license plates starting July 1, 2020. Some law enforcement groups opposed that change.
The measure also sets fees at $200 for alternative vehicles and $100 for hybrid vehicles.
The joint conference committee approved the increases Tuesday, April 2.
The tax hike is significantly below the amount Gov. DeWine initially proposed, 18 cents per gallon, which the governor said was necessary to fill a $1 billion gap in road contruction funding.