OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Oakwood is considering increasing vehicle license fees by five dollars for road maintenance.
The proposal had its first reading at city council this week, and if it passes, Oakwood residents would pay the permissive tax when they purchase or renew their vehicle license.
Right now, vehicle licensing fees differ on vehicles, but on a regular passenger vehicle the charge is $34.50, not including the county’s permissive tax.
City officials are hopeful the public will be supportive of the $5 increase, as they say residents would directly see the benefits on their city streets.
Oakwood City Manager, Norbert Klopsch, said an increase has not happened since 2006, but street maintenance costs continue to rise and this permissive tax would help fill that gap.
“This revenue, which is estimated to be about $45,000 annually, will go straight into our capital budget for street resurfacing, concrete repairs, this sort of thing,” said Klopsch.
Oakwood city limits measure only 2.2 miles, but Klopsch said many people live there, and there are many roads.
He said safe roads are consistently a top concern, and Leah Rumbarger agrees.
She has lived in Oakwood for six years and said she would gladly pay an extra five dollars
“I think having nice streets and less potholes is important to all of the community,” said Rumbarger. “I hope that they start on my street first.”
Others told 2NEWS, they feel the upcoming statewide gas tax increase should be enough.
But Klopsch said Governor DeWine requested 18 cents and legislators only approved 10.5.
He said this increase would help make up that difference.
“My expectation is that most of the jurisdictions will in fact view this as a companion to the gasaoline tax hike and is money that is needed to provide safe roadways and bridges,” said Klopsch.
The next ordinance reading will be at the next city council meeting on June 3, and Klopsch expects a vote to happen then.
If it does pass, it will go into effect 30 days after that.