The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) commends and thanks Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly for voting to invest in Ohio’s infrastructure.

“As an elected official, it is difficult to raise revenues, but today’s action was necessary to help keep Ohio economically competitive,” CCAO President Julie Ehemann said.

In addition to DeWine, CCAO extends its appreciation to Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, Senate President Larry Obhof, Minority Leader Kenny Yuko and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, as well as the members of the Conference Committee and lawmakers who provided leadership and support.

This afternoon the Ohio General Assembly adopted House Bill 62, the state transportation budget. It includes a gas tax increase of 10.5 cents per gallon and a diesel fuel tax increase of 19 cents per gallon. The increase will be effective July 1, 2019. New revenue will be distributed 55 percent to the state and 45 percent to local governments. CNG vehicles will pay the same rate as diesel, subject to a five-year phase-in. The conference report includes a new $100 fee on hybrid vehicles and $200 for electric vehicles.

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