What the proposed gas tax increase in Ohio means for drivers


Governor Mike DeWine is supporting an 18-cent per gallon gas tax to provide sufficient funding for maintenance of roads and bridges.

Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks introduced the tax as part of the governor's transportation budget proposal to the House Finance Committee.

According to ODOT, you would pay an average of around $2 a week. They say if you drive 13,000 miles per year, the proposed 18-cent per gallon tax would impact you in the following way:

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  • If you drive a Ford F-150, you would pay an additional $2.65 per week or $137.80 per year.
  • If you drive a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, you would pay $1.91 per week more in fuel or $99.32 per year.
  • Drive a 2015 Honda Accord, you'll pay $1.61 more per week in fuel, or a total of $83.75 per year more in fuel.

Ohio has not raised its gas tax since 2005. If the proposed gas tax is approved, Ohio's state gas tax would rise from 28 cents per gallon to 46 cents per gallon.

Proponents say the tax increase would provide much-needed money in a short timeframe to help fix the many roads in need of repair around Ohio.

Representative Adam Miller, a Democrat who represents west and south Columbus, says he'll vote against the gas tax.

"I would really like us to look under every rock, under every tree, before we ask for a tax increase," he said.

Here's a look at gas tax rates in surrounding states:

  • Pennsylvania: 58-cents per gallon
  • West Virginia: 35-cents per gallon
  • Indiana: 42-cents per gallon
  • Kentucky: 26-cents per gallon