New Taxes Take Effect Today In Ohio

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Tuesday, July 1, 2003 - 05:07 AM
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Ohioans will pay more for just about everything beginning today. The state sales tax is going up one penny from 5 percent to 6 percent. It will be even higher in counties with their own local sales taxes. Lawmakers needed the increase to balance the two-year state budget that begins today. The sales tax has also been expanded to several new services not previously covered, including dry cleaning, taxis and satellite t-v. The gas tax goes up 2 cents as part of a three-year, 6-cent increase that Governor Taft pushed to help repair Ohio’s roads. Dozens of fees are also increasing as part of the state’s two-year, 48-point-eight billion dollar budget.

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