ODOT Releases Spreadsheets on Municipal Distribution of Gas Tax Revenue
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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Friday released searchable spreadsheets offering detailed numbers on what each Ohio county and municipality would receive through revenue generated by the proposed 18 cent increase in the motor vehicle fuel tax discussed by ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks in House Finance Committee testimony Thursday. (See The Hannah Report, 2/21/19.)

Around 40 percent of the funding would be allocated to local governments, with each county receiving $4.2 million in state fiscal year (SFY) 2020, $4.3 million in SFY21 and SFY22, $4.4 million in SFY23 and $4.5 million in SFY24. State law requires equal allocation to counties, which would currently receive $2.4 million in SFY20. The proposed increase would give each county engineer's office an additional $1.7 million.

Allocation to municipalities would be based on the numbers of motor vehicles registered in each one, while township fund distribution would be based on both the number of center-line roadway miles and vehicle registrations.

Currently, the cities receiving the most funds in SFY20 are Columbus ($26 million), Cleveland ($9.3 million), Cincinnati and Toledo (both $8.1 million), Akron ($5.3 million), Dayton ($3.9 million), Parma ($2.6 million) and Canton ($2.2 million), and those amounts would all nearly double under the proposed increase. Under a constitutional resolution, these funds can only be used for construction, maintenance and repair of public highways and bridges.

ODOT released two spreadsheets on the data, including one that lists municipalities alphabetically within their respective counties available at https://tinyurl.com/y3zua43t, and one listing all of the state’s municipalities alphabetically available at https://tinyurl.com/y363lvkd.

ODOT also has further information about the proposed transportation and public safety budget, which is currently awaiting acceptance as a substitute version of HB62 (Oelslager), at https://beta.transportation.ohio.gov/budget.

Story originally published in The Hannah Report on February 22, 2019.  Copyright 2019 Hannah News Service, Inc.