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Our Funding Sources

No real estate taxes, sales taxes, or general fund monies pay for County roads and bridges. Our funding is acquired through:

Vehicle Registration

Primary funding is from vehicle registration (license plate fees) and gasoline tax. The County Engineer receives a share of the vehicle registration tax revenue based on a formula calculated after amounts are deducted for state highway debt retirement, city roads, and township road improvements.

Gasoline Tax

The Ohio motor fuel tax is 28 cents per gallon. One cent (3.5%) is dedicated to the Local Transportation Improvement Fund and the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). The remaining amount is allocated as follows: 49.3% to the Ohio Department of Transportation, 14.0% to Cities, 12.1% to Counties, 11.8% to the Highway Bond Debt Service, 7.0% to Townships, and 2.2% to Other State Agencies.

Federal and state grants provide most of the funds used for major construction projects on major roads and bridges. In addition, federal and state funds are sometimes available for special studies.

Permissive Taxes

Permissive taxes were first allowed in the 1960s. It now accounts for our second largest share of revenue. Our county permissive tax is $15.00. All of the revenue collected under this program is used for improvements within Summit County.

Other Income

Other income sources include interest income on deposits in the County treasury, fines, assessments, fees for services and grants or aid that the Summit County Engineer receives from the state and federal government.