Drivers react to governor's gas tax increase idea

Published: Feb. 20, 2019 at 4:55 PM EST
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It's no secret roads all over Ohio are a mess.

The $.28 gas tax we pay now isn't enough to fix all the roads.

So the governor could hike the tax another $.22.

Drivers are not thrilled but Greg Jones, says, a higher tax is worth it if you fix the roads with the money.

Kevin Egan is a professor in the Economics Department at the University of Toledo.

He says gas taxes pay for roads and gas taxes are essentially a user fee.

Egan says, "If you drive more, you buy more gasoline. Therefore, you use the road more. It makes sense you pay more to go towards that road."

Driver Michael Oleska says, "Why are they putting it on us? If you ask me, they should be putting it on the oil companies, you know?"

The Lucas County Engineer's office says every penny raised in the gas tax equals $100,000 for each county.

That's enough money to resurface one mile of road.

But if you have a 15-gallon tank, a fill-up will cost you an extra $3.44.

Yet some drivers think this is a deal, after messing with bad roads.

Driver Thomas Farrell says, "It costs more money because it ruins our cars. And our tires. I just had a flat tire the other night because of it."