Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Ohioans Reduce Miles Driven and State Tax Base
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A federal study shows that high gasoline prices are prompting Americans to drive a little less. That’s also happening in Ohio.
Fewer miles driven means the state government is no longer raking in its usual summer increase in gasoline tax revenue that’s used for highway and bridge construction and repairs.
Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen talked about the dilemma with a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, Scott Varner who notes that the state gasoline tax in Ohio is 28 cents a gallon. That tax does not fluctuate with the price of fuel. The federal gas tax is 18.4 cents a gallon.