COLUMBUS (WCMH) – An Ohio lawmaker is proposing an increase of more than 300% to the cost of registering a motor vehicle in Ohio.
Senate Bill 113, introduced by Senator Bill Coley, proposes increasing the fee collected for a passenger or noncommercial motor vehicle to $149. The bill also proposes issuing a card to owners of cars registered in the state, exempting them from the state’s 28 cent gas tax.
Ohio currently charges $34.50 to register a passenger vehicle. The currently proposed two-year transportation budget, which is expected to be approved, will raise that fee to $39.50.
Coley’s proposal would more than quadruple the current registration costs.
“We are consuming fewer and fewer gallons of gas for every mile driven and yet it’s not getting any cheaper to build roads. How do we address this and not act like Big Brother?,” Coley said in a press conference Tuesday, the Dayton Daily News reported.
Ohio law also allows for local taxes of up to $20 on car registrations.
Senate Bill 113 would also raise the registration fee for commercial cars and trucks to $684.
Non-residents who frequently drive in Ohio would also be given the opportunity to buy a tax reduction card for $149.