Proposed gas tax would bring new road funding to Lawrence County
IRONTON — An 18-cent-per-gallon tax in Ohio proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine would mean an increase in state gas tax funds to Lawrence County’s cities, villages and townships, according to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The governor’s proposal would increase Ohio’s gas tax from its current 28 cents per gallon to 46 cents per gallon starting July 1. It also has a proposal that would automatically increase the gas tax annually based on inflation.
The gas tax increase would raise $1.2 billion annually with 60 percent of the money going to the state and 40 percent going to Ohio counties, cities, villages and townships, according to the release. Each county engineer’s office also would get an additional $1.77 million per year, according to the release.
Chesapeake is scheduled to get $30,968 this year and $53,488 in 2020 if the tax is approved. Coal Grove could get $71,556 this year and $123,591 next year. Ironton is set to receive $375,556 in gas tax revenues this year and that could increase to $648,794 in 2020.
South Point is set to receive $166,156 this year and could get $286,985 next year. Proctorville is set to receive $23,183 this year and could get $40,042 next year. Athalia is set to receive $11,384 this year and could get $19,662 next year.
Aid, Decatur, Elizabeth, Lawrence, Mason, Perry, Symmes, Upper, Washington and Windsor Townships get $90,475, according to the department. The amount would increase to $151,989 if the tax is approved.
Fayette Township is set to receive $93,360 this year and it could increase to $159,258 next year. Rome Township is set to receive $112,852 this year and the amount could increase $$208,379 in 2020. Union Township is set to receive $103,089 this year and it could increase to $183,776 next year.
The increase in gas taxes to the local communities wouldn’t take effect until 2020. The amount is based upon the number of motor vehicles registered in the cities, villages and townships.
The tax increase would have to be approved by the state legislature before any increase to local communities.