Higher gas tax will hurt non-profits like Meals on Wheels

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The new gas tax will go into effect this July.

Now, non-profit organizations are assessing how the higher tax will impact their operations. 

Senior Resource Connection has roughly 23 cars on the road any given day, with people driving over 100 miles in all. 

Lisa Garvic, the Director of Human Resources for Senior Resource Connection says their Meals on Wheels program uses around 28,000 gallons of gas each year.

If you’re wondering why they know that, it’s because non-profits have flat, non-flexible budgets.

Most of these budgets are already in place, so a higher gas tax coming in July does them no favors. 

“We can figure out what our cost increase is going to be. But we don’t have diesel. The rate on diesel is higher. Our vendors have a diesel surcharge that will be added in as well,” said Garvic. 

The budget for Meals on Wheels could surpass an additional 15 percent for 2019. But that’s just an estimate.

“We could see an increase of up to 20 percent. Just because we don’t know how our vendors will pass it on to us,” said Garvic.

Ohio will see a 10.5 cent-per gallon increase for standard fuel while diesel will go up 19 cents-per gallon. 

Meals on Wheels also has staff that use their own personal cars, leaving thee administrators wondering if more lobbying was needed in Columbus on behalf of non profits. 

“I don’t think they took into considerations organizations like ours. It’s not just us being impacted. It’s other non-profits and for-profits across the board,” said Garvic. 

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