To provide revenue for supplying the state's share of the cost of constructing, widening, maintaining, and reconstructing the state highways; to maintain and repair bridges and viaducts; to purchase, erect, and maintain street and traffic signs and markers; to purchase, erect, and maintain traffic lights and signals; to pay the expense of administering and enforcing the state law relative to the registration and operation of motor vehicles; to make road improvements associated with retaining or attracting business for this state, to pay that portion of the construction cost of a highway project which a county, township, or municipal corporation normally would be required to pay, but which the director of transportation, pursuant to division (B) of section 5531.08 of the Revised Code, determines instead will be paid from moneys in the highway operating fund; to provide revenue for the purposes of sections 1547.71 to 1547.78 of the Revised Code; and to supplement revenue already available for such purposes, to pay the expenses of the department of taxation incident to the administration of the motor fuel laws, to supplement revenue already available for such purposes; and to pay the interest, principal, and charges on highway obligations issued pursuant to Section 2i of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, and sections 5528.30 and 5528.31 of the Revised Code; to enable the counties and townships of the state to properly plan, construct, widen, reconstruct, and maintain their public highways, roads, and streets; to enable counties to pay principal, interest, and charges on bonds and other obligations issued pursuant to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code or incurred pursuant to section 5531.09 of the Revised Code for highway improvements; to enable municipal corporations to plan, construct, reconstruct, repave, widen, maintain, repair, clear, and clean public highways, roads, and streets; to enable municipal corporations to pay the principal, interest, and charges on bonds and other obligations issued pursuant to Chapter 133. of the Revised Code or incurred pursuant to section 5531.09 of the Revised Code for highway improvements; and to pay the costs apportioned to the public under section 4907.47 of the Revised Code, a motor fuel excise tax is hereby imposed on all motor fuel dealers upon their receipt of motor fuel within the state at the rate of two cents on each gallon so received; provided, that effective July 1, 2003, the motor fuel excise tax imposed by this section shall be at the rate of four cents on each gallon so received; effective July 1, 2004, the motor fuel excise tax imposed by this section shall be at the rate of six cents on each gallon so received; and, subject to section 5735.292 of the Revised Code, effective July 1, 2005, the motor fuel excise tax imposed by this section shall be at the rate of eight cents on each gallon so received. This tax is subject to the specific exemptions set forth in this chapter of the Revised Code. It shall be reported, computed, paid, collected, administered, enforced, and refunded, and the failure properly and correctly to report and pay the tax shall be penalized, in exactly the same manner as is provided in this chapter. Such sections relating to motor fuel excise taxes are reenacted and incorporated as if specifically set forth in this section. The tax levied by this section is in addition to any other taxes imposed under this chapter.
No municipal corporation, county, or township shall expend any revenues received from the tax levied by this section for any purpose other than one of the specific highway-related purposes stated in this section. In addition, each municipal corporation, county, or township shall use at least ninety per cent of all revenues received from the tax levied by this section to supplement, rather than supplant, other local funds used for highway-related purposes.
Effective Date: 03-31-2003; 03-29-2005