State Gas Tax Update
One of the Ashtabula County Auditor’s Office duties is to transmit state funds to local entities. These include such monies as local government funds, state aid to schools, some grant funding, and gas tax portions. The state legislature recently passed a gas tax increase for Ohio pumps. 10.5 cents per gallon for gasoline and 19 cents per gallon for diesel. The total amount Ohio payers are charged at the pump will be 38.5 cents for gasoline and 47 cents for diesel. To see how much this will cost your household based on driving habits, look at this Cleveland Plain Dealer article from April 3, 2019 (https://www.cleveland.com/datacentral/2019/04/see-how-much-ohios-gas-tax-increase-will-cost-you.html)
Ashtabula County will benefit from the increase in revenue as seen by the above chart. Since 2005 county, city, village, and township transportation funding has remained relatively flat at the shown levels. Each county in Ohio receives the same amount of gas tax funding. For the Ashtabula County Engineer’s Office, the estimated revenue will move from $574,835 to $934,3087 yearly. For Townships, all 27 in Ashtabula County receive the same funding as well from the Ohio Gas Tax, currently $90,475 to now $147,205 yearly. Each village and city takes in a unique amount based on road mileage and population.
Collection for the Gas Tax increase will begin July 1st with expected revues to local governments beginning in August of 2019.”