Prepare to pay more at the pump this week.
An increase in Ohio’s gas tax went into effect on Monday, a measure that will result in more funding for infrastructure projects throughout the state. The downside is prices will rise 10.5 cents per gallon of gas and 19 cents per gallon of diesel fuel.
Jeff Erb, general manager of Saneholtz-McKarns, Inc., which owns around 10 Main Stop gas stations in northwest Ohio, said any load of gas or diesel product that was purchased starting Monday will have the additional tax.
“Irregardless of what the price of the actual product does, which it could go down (Monday) or it could go up ... there will be an additional 11 cents on gas and 19 cents on diesel that we’ll have to remit to the state,” Erb said. “So, it effectively raises the cost of that gallon 11 cents and 19 cents. Now, how customers see that depends on the market.”
All gas stations will need to decide what the gas price will be, he continued. If a particular station doesn’t get a load, then its gas price has not technically been increased.
It could take a day for customers to see the increase, the exact nature of which will depend on other factors.
“It’s a little bit muddy because the price of gas could go down tonight, as the price of the actual product, but you can add on an 11 cent tax and it might not net out the same,” Erb said. “You may not see a straight up 11 cents go on the product, but the cost of that 11 cents is going to be there.”
In other words, he added, the price of gas is going to be about 11 cents higher than it would have been otherwise.
While it’s “not Earth-shattering” for gas, Erb said, the increase is diesel is “pretty stiff.”
“That’s going to take a bite out of those guys who are putting lots of gallons of diesel fuel in,” he said. “But, on the gas piece, the extra 11 cents is probably not terrible.”
This is the first increase in the gas tax since 2003. Since that time, more fuel-efficient vehicles have resulted in a reduction of fuel consumption and, therefore, of gas tax collections.
With the increase, Williams County is expected to see a $1.53 million, or 62.8 percent, increase in funds for roads and transportation matters.
Gregg Gause, a Sherwood resident, had some mixed feelings about the increase as he filled his vehicle up with premium gas on Monday.
“You’ve got to do something about the infrastructure,” he said, adding he was sorry it had to fall on the working people so much.