(The Center Square) – Calling the gas tax an unsustainable way to fund transportation infrastructure, the Ohio Department of Transportation is looking at its options.
With a $4 million federal grant, Ohio developed a website to seek public input on potential funding options. Those results will eventually be sent to the General Assembly later this year, according to a promotional video produced by ODOT.
In the video, ODOT’s David Rose said the agency manages more than 43,000 lane-miles of highways and more than 14,000 bridges. It has a total of $116 billion in assets.
It also changes driving habits and vehicles in general expect to reduce the total dollars the state collects from the gas tax.
“Although the motor fuel tax has been in place for decades, vehicles are getting more efficient, getting more gas mileage, and an increasing number of vehicles don’t even need gas. While this is great for reducing harmful emissions, it means fewer dollars available for road improvements,” Rose said in the video.
ODOT recently launched a website and is encouraging Ohioans to provide input on the gas tax replacement.
Ohioroadfunding.com also offers several options that are being considered, such as increasing the gas tax, increasing vehicle registration fees, and creating a mileage-based user fee that would charge people based on the number of miles they drive in instead of the amount of gasoline they use.
It asks users to answer a survey to offer feedback to the agency, and the plan is to collect the information and submit a report to the General Assembly later in the year.