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Conference Committee Passes Transportation Budget with 10. 5 Gas Tax Increase
This afternoon, Sub. HB 62, the Transportation Budget, was finalized and passed by conference committee. The bill will proceed to the House for approval, after which it will be concurred upon by the Senate and then sent to the Governor's desk for his signature. Sub. HB 62 now contains a gas tax increase of 10.5 cents with a diesel fuel increase of 19 cents. The tax increase would go into effect on July 1 and would be divided between the state and local governments in a new 55%-45% split, as opposed to the current 60%-40% spilt. Additional provisions include funding public transit at $70 million and setting the fees for alternative and hybrid vehicles at $200 and $100 respectively. We will have a full review of the issues in Sub. HB 62 impacting municipalities in Friday's bulletin. The final version of the bill unfortunately still contains the language penalizing municipalities operating traffic cameras by altering the administrative hearing process and reducing LGF. The League will be sending a letter to Governor DeWine requesting a line-item veto of this provision. The League and its members greatly appreciate the leadership displayed by Governor DeWine and the members of the Ohio General Assembly to address the critical issues in Ohio's local and state transportation infrastructure needs that have that have been denied and ignored for too long. The creation of new revenue to help Ohio municipalities rebuild our crumbling infrastructure has been a top priority of the League and our members and is a significant step forward in rebuilding the state and local government partnership that has been unduly fractured for too long. We encourage our members to thank the governor and their representative or senator who supported the investment made in the future of our communities via Sub. HB 62.