LOGAN — Summer-travel and rough roads are not a good combination. Throw in 10.5 cents per gallon gas tax increase and travelers could get cranky.
“It’s a means to fix the roads and they have to come up with money somehow. They need to stop taxing property owners,” commented an employee of a local Downtown business.
There has not been a gas tax placed at the pump for 15 years. The tax increase was approved in April by lawmakers, and became effective Monday, July 1.
“People are asking us when the prices are going to go up. I don’t really know much about it, but these prices are pretty much what we’ve been having.
“Yesterday we had like two people lined up at a pump. Today they are filling up their extra gas cans too,” shared Samantha Fisher, an attendant at a local gas station.
It makes sense as to why motorists are asking, “When will the prices be going up?” At this time last year, according to AAA, the average price during the week of July 2, 2018 was $2.751 which is higher than what is being seen currently.
A gas customer, Brian St. Clair, gave his perspective saying, “I know it went up, but it’s still under three bucks. It’s not about the prices at the pump. People in that (oil and gas) industry have to make money and below $50 a barrel, they don’t make money. It’s all about supply and demand.”
According to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) at eia.gov, the average highway price per gallon for the mid-western states is $2.924 as of July 1, 2019. This is down from this time last year.
So where does the money go when we “filler up?” For regular gas, included in the cost per gallon one will find: taxes, distribution and marketing, refining, and crude oil costs, according to EIA.
Southern Ohio areas are seeing average prices from around $2.53 to $2.76, as of Monday, July 1 according to reports found at GasPrices.AAA.com. On average, the prices are still about 14 cents cheaper than a year ago.
And among AAA’s estimated 41 million motorists who will be out and about for the holiday weekend, they will see gas prices that are cheaper than those seen on Memorial Day weekend.
Counties, cities, townships and villages will benefit from the gas tax, as the funds will be distributed between them and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
As reported by The Logan Daily News, in February of 2019, Logan City Mayor Greg Fraunfelter is thankful this was proposed. He said they would use it for all the road maintenance they have trouble keeping up with.
And, also as reported in February by, The Logan Daily News, Ron Cook, the village administrator for Murray City said it would be a significant increase in their revenue because the only thing they receive now is property tax.
The funding can be used for construction, maintenance or repair of roads and bridges.