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Ohio gasoline tax going up today

10.5 cent increase on gas, 19 cents on diesel
Posted: 9:27 AM, Jul 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-01 21:06:54-04
Study: Drivers overpaying for gas

Cincinnati-area gas prices are going up at least another 10 cents a gallon this week. And those who drive a diesel truck should expect to pay another 20 cents a gallon, if not more.

That's because Ohio's new gasoline tax took effect July 1.

State lawmakers passed a 10.5 cent increase on gasoline and 19 cent a gallon increase on diesel earlier this year in an effort to help repave the state's crumbling roads.

The bill, signed by Gov. Mike DeWine, will raise as much as $1 billion for much needed highway and bridge construction.

Among the projects it may help fund, according to ODOT:

  • Repaving of I-75 in the Cincinnati area.
  • A bridge over the Miami River in Dayton, Ohio.
  • The Western Hills Viaduct (though it would only cover part of that project).

However, it will not go toward a new Brent Spence Bridge, as that bridge is technically in Kentucky.

The good news is that gas prices dropped an average of 20 cents late last week, from $2.79 to $2.59 for regular, which means drivers won't be hit with much sticker shock at the pump this week.

As always, don't waste your money.

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