July 7, 2022

Guernsey County Engineer Paul Sherry on Tuesday questioned county commissioners to consider two $5 license plate charges permitted by the Ohio legislature for motor autos registered within the county to create income for fixing close by roadways.

The engineer claimed the widespread home in Guernsey County with 2.5 occupants spends significantly lower than $400 or $155 for each explicit particular person yearly within the form of gasoline taxes and license plate charges that’s used for highway carry out within the county.

“If we’d search on the license plate service charges … $10 per car per yr is nominal and that might create the half million bucks for our division,” talked about Sherry. “You probably have two vehicles, which is $20 a 12 months.”

The freeway division, because of COVID-19 and different issues, expert a $900,000 discount in revenue by 2020 and $600,000 in misplaced income previous calendar 12 months.

And with present inflation costs, the worth of merchandise and options utilized by the freeway workplace is skyrocketing in 2022.

The merged $10 in prices could be along with a latest $5 cost that generates $3.50 per motorcar for the county freeway workplace. The remaining $1.50 is split between different authorities entities within the county, in line with the engineer.

Paul Sherry

“Neither the the purpose out nor the feds should not prone to dig us out,” defined Sherry. “As a substitute, they look at us and wish to know what we’re endeavor to think about remedy of ourselves. If we aren’t taking advantage of all of the funding choices choices we’ve got, they’re heading to say you aren’t actually anxious about it.

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“So we wish to at minimal select a have a look at it. But once more, I might as soon as extra implore commissioners to get began the method of the hearings. It’s all completed in family and won’t must exit to a vote. It’s a method the legislature gave the commissioners and might be accepted with a decision. We may also help scale back a few of these very long-term impacts to take care of the roadways from getting any worse.