By Monica Moran // Franklin County Auditor
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new sticker will soon be affixed to most gas pumps in the county notifying consumers of the tax rates they are being charged, Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano announced on Monday, July 1st.
The stickers are required by the recently-passed state transportation budget, which also raised the state tax on gasoline by 10.5 cents per gallon on July 1. The diesel fuel tax increased by 19 cents per gallon. Proceeds from the fuel tax are used to maintain and upgrade Ohio’s roads and bridges.
“These stickers are another informational tool that will benefit consumers. It increases the transparency of fuel prices for Franklin County residents,” Auditor Stinziano said.
The approximately four-inch by four-inch stickers will show a breakdown of state, local and federal taxes that are being levied on gasoline and diesel fuels, along with the total tax amount. They are being created by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, per the new law, and will be distributed and affixed by the Auditor’s office.
They will be installed during routine inspections conducted by Auditor’s office Weights and Measures Staff. All stickers are required to be displayed on fuel pumps within 90 days. They do not need to be used if the tax information is displayed in another way, such as on a video screen or in a prominent place at the gas station.