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New gas pump stickers give fuel tax breakdown

A new sticker is to be affixed to most gas pumps in the county, which inform consumers by itemizing the taxes included in the price of a gallon of fuel, according to Seneca County Auditor Julie A. Adkins.

The stickers are required by last year’s state transportation budget, which also raised the state tax on gasoline by 10.5 cents per gallon on July 1, 2019. The diesel fuel tax increased by 19 cents per gallon. Proceeds from the fuel taxes are used to maintain and upgrade Ohio’s roads and bridges.

“These stickers are another informational tool that will benefit consumers,” Adkins said in a news release. “It increases the transparency of fuel prices for Seneca County residents.”

The stickers, which are about 4 inches square, show a breakdown of state, local and federal taxes being levied on gasoline and diesel fuels, along with the total tax amount, she said.

Because of the new law, the stickers were created and paid for by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

They are to be affixed by the Weights and Measures staff of the auditor’s office during routine inspections. Gas tax stickers must be placed on the gas pumps in each county and city jurisdiction by September. They do not need to be used if tax information is displayed in another way such as on a video screen or in a prominent place at the gas station.

Stickers are to be updated if there are future changes to the gas tax.

For more information, call the auditor’s office at (419) 447-0692.

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