Madison Township considers motor vehicle license tax

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Later this year, Madison Township could enact its right to a $5 permissive motor vehicle license tax following recent discussion and possible action, including a pair of public hearings this fall.

Townships now have the option of enacting the levy under the Ohio Revised Code after House Bill 62 was passed creating the new $5 permissive tax. The township can pass a resolution at any time—following set guidelines—to enact the ORC regulation.

Permissive tax revenue, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles, is to be used for planning, construction, improving, maintaining and repairing public roads, highways, streets and for the maintenance and repair of bridges and viaducts.

During an Aug. 13 township trustee meeting, Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst updated the trustees on the motor vehicle tax.

“Before the board can do anything, they have to hold two public hearings,” said Brobst, who said the board can take action after the hearings, which could be scheduled as early as October with a final vote in November.

“We are continuing to move forward,” Brobst added. “I still have to get some clarification from the DMV.”

According to the Ohio County Commissioners, counties also have the authority to enact up to $15 in three $5 increments for motor vehicle license taxes. Municipalities and townships can levy their own $5 permissive vehicle tax, but the combined local government total cannot exceed $20.

In other discussion, the trustees approved and authorized an Ohio Public Works Commission funding application for improvements to Saltzgaber/Swisher/Toy roads in addition to a similar application for Chapman/Ranger roads.

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