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Ohio's Gas Tax Goes Up: You'll Pay 10.5 Cents More Per Gallon

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David Zalubowski
Associated Press

Starting Monday, Ohioans will be paying more at the pump.

The tax on a gallon of unleaded gas went up 10.5 cents just after midnight Sunday. The diesel fuel tax increased by 19 cents per gallon.

The tax hikes are the results of a transportation budget signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in April, aimed at providing money to maintain deteriorating roads and bridges. It’s expected to bring in an extra $865 million a year.

DeWine had pushed for a larger hike, but was pleased with the compromise. 

“Our roads are obviously essential to highway safety and they are certainly an essential part of our economy," DeWine said.

In total, Ohioans will now pay a state tax rate of 38.5 cents per gallon on gas and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel.

The transportation budget also sets registration fees at $200 for alternative vehicles and $100 for hybrid vehicles. And it will allow the removal of front license plates beginning July 1, 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.