BATAVIA, Ohio (April 16, 2018) — Public hearings will be held May 9 and May 15 to gather public opinion about a proposed $5 local motor vehicle license tax that would be added to the annual vehicle registration fee in Clermont County.
The May 9 hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at Miami Township Civic Center, and the May 15 hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Village of Batavia’s new village hall, the Armory building.
Under the State Transportation Bill (House Bill 26), which took effect on June 30, 2017, counties, as well as cities and townships, are permitted to place an additional $5 license fee on vehicle registration fees. Commissioners must authorize the additional fee.
The revenues raised by this increased fee would be used by the Office of the County Engineer to repair and repave county roads and bridges.
In Ohio, county engineers’ offices are funded through the Ohio gas tax (28 cents per gallon distributed equally among 88 counties), and vehicle registration fees. In 2017, the Clermont office received $7.2 million in registration fees and $2.3 million in gas tax revenues. That revenue funds the repairing and repaving of county-maintained roads and bridges.
County Engineer Pat Manger, in a presentation to Commissioners on March 12, noted that revenue from those two sources has remained essentially flat since 2007. Yet the cost of asphalt has doubled in that time, Manger said, from $57.75 per cubic yard to $132 per cubic yard.
The additional $5 fee would generate approximately $1 million annually, Manger said. All additional revenue would be used to fund the county Road & Bridge Improvement Program.
He also noted that at current revenue levels, the average paving cycle for each county road is 38 years, while the industry standard is 10-12 years. The additional revenue would help close the gap, he said.
“We have a significant challenge to address in fixing our local roads,” Manger told Commissioners. “Expenses continue to increase and we do not have the resources to ensure the level of maintenance our residents expect. This is just one step in the right direction. An increase is absolutely necessary.”
If Commissioners approve the fee, it would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
7 p.m. May 9, Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford
7 p.m. May 15, Batavia Armory Town Hall, 65 N. Second St., Batavia
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