CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ohio legislators have agreed on a plan that will raise the gas tax by 10.5 cents a gallon on fuel, and by 19 cents a gallon on diesel.
The immediate impact will be felt every time you stop for gas.
You can also expect to see rising prices for just about everything you buy as it would be unrealistic to believe that the trucking companies and the retailers they serve plan on eating the added cost of delivery.
“We’re going to have to pass on the bulk of the tax to our customers,” said John Lamb, owner of Cleveland Express Trucking.
And when that cost gets passed to retailers they will simply pass it along to consumers in the form of rising prices for everything from groceries to clothes, whether you are buying online or in the stores.
“It’s going to filter down to every person in Ohio, everything you buy is going to have to absorb a part of that tax,” Lamb said.
Cleveland Express Trucking has been in business since 1977, when Lamb started the company that now has 42 trucks and 125 trailers.
Lamb does not disagree that Ohio’s roads are in bad shape as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine stated as he introduced the gas tax as a way to help pay for the needed repairs. He is just not sold that the tax will actually be used, strictly, for road, bridge and infrastructure repair.
“If the tax were to go to improve the roads, all of it go to improve the roads and infrastructure, it would be somewhat more palatable, but I don’t see that happening,” he said.
The gas tax is expected to be approved and take effect in July.