Ohio Gov. Bob
Taft unveiled a plan Friday to boost the state’s fuel tax, driver’s
license fees and vehicle registration costs to help fund highway
The plan would
increase the state fuel tax by 2 cents a year for three years, according
to a statement from the governor’s office. The current tax is 22
cents a gallon.
Taft also wants
drivers to pay $5 more to get a license, $5 more to register a vehicle
and $15 more to change titles when purchasing a vehicle. After three
years, the increase would bring in an additional $402 million in
new transportation funds.
these fees would completely fund the State Highway Patrol, freeing
up about $175 million in fuel taxes for more roadwork.
tax increase, Taft said the transportation budget would bleed dry
in two years.
projects now on the drawing boards will not proceed. Congestion
will grow more severe. Unsafe road conditions will not be addressed.
And our economy will suffer,” he said in prepared remarks.
would have to approve any proposed increases.