MOUNT VERNON — Changing times and a changing economy have put a financial strain on many individuals and businesses. This holds true for the Knox County Engineer’s Department which is responsible for the upkeep of all county roads and bridges. While the ongoing collection of tax money is a major portion of the funds that drive the financing of the engineer’s department, income and expenses are going in two different directions, making it difficult to keep up with the necessary projects.
“Revenue is not keeping up with costs,” said Knox County Engineer Jim Henry. Numerous reports claim that financing issues are being attributed to today’s more fuel-efficient cars and people driving fewer miles due to high fuel costs. But that claim is not necessarily the problem here in Knox County.
The Ohio Gasoline Tax increased from 26 cents to 28 cents per gallon in 2005, which puts Ohio as the 21st highest state ranking in the nation. This is coupled with a federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon which goes toward funding of county and other highway departments.
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