COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he plans to propose an 18 cent per gallon gas tax increase.
It’s a 64 percent increase over the current 28 cent tax charged by the state.
DeWine announced the number during a radio interview with Mike Trivisonno on WTAM in Cleveland.
During a legislative forum Tuesday, DeWine said there are no other solutions to address the state’s transportation budget shortfall outside a gas tax increase.
“This is only status quo,” DeWine said. “It is just to keep us where we are today and with the ability to do some safety projects that absolutely need to be done.”
Ohio’s road maintenance and infrastructure are facing an “impending crisis” unless more funding is provided for those types of projects, Jack Marchbanks, Ohio Department of Transportation director, said earlier this year.
Contracts for road maintenance that totaled $2.4 billion in 2014 may drop to $1.5 billion in 2020, and a $1 billion gap remains in the department budget, Marchbanks said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.