Ohio governor inks fuel tax hike

| 4/3/2003

Ohio Gov. Bob Taft has signed legislation raising the price of fuel in the state 2 cents a gallon as of July 1, The Toledo Blade reported.

The bill also lowers the legal threshold for drunken driving from a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent to 0.08, as mandated by federal law.

The bill will raise the fuel tax 6 cents a gallon to 28 cents over the next three years. In the third year, however, if the federal government meets certain highway funding goals, the state would reduce up to 2 cents of the increase.

It also phases out the current 3-cent diesel fuel surcharge, beginning in 2005.

When combined with hikes in vehicle registration fees and drivers' licenses, the Ohio Transportation Department estimated the bill would generate $580 million more a year solely for road projects, the newspaper reported.