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Putnam County residents may be asked to pay more for their license plates tax after a proposal was made by Putnam County Engineer Mike Lenhart.

Lenhart proposed two possible tax increase options - one that would raise revenues by five dollars and share that among municipalities, townships, and the county; the other option would raise revenues by another five dollars, and go right to the county.

He says that the increase will be a major help in repairing roads and bridges within the county, at a time where the current revenue isn't enough.

"Equipment rates go up, everything goes up, and if you try to do that same amount of work with the same revenue, something has to give," Lenhart said. "We tried to reduce the work staff, we tried to bring in grant money, and it’s still not enough. If people in this county want to continue to have the kind of roads and the quality of roads that they have, then you have to supplement the money somewhere."

Public hearings about the increase have been held, and similar things have been discussed throughout the state, according to Commissioner John Love.

"I already know from my work in Columbus and being on the board of the county commissioners that this is talked about with regularity, because of the fact that there is no mood in Columbus to raise the tax on fuel; as cars use less fuel or use alternative fuels like electricity, those cars are not taxed at all but they still utilize the roads and bridges," love said. "This seems to be a fair-use tax in my opinion."

County Commissioners are now looking at discussing the tax increase, and where to go from there. Lenhart also says that he has received support from the Putnam County mayors association towards the increase.

Putnam County residents may be asked to pay more for their license plates tax after a proposal was made by Putnam County Engineer Mike Lenhart. Lenhart proposed two possible tax increase options - one that would raise revenues by 5 dollars and share that among municipalities, townships, and the county… and the other option would raise revenues by another 5 dollars.. And go right to the county.

He says that the increase will be a major help in repairing roads and bridges within the county. At a time where the current revenue isn't enough.

Public hearings about the increase have been held... And similar things have been discussed throughout the state, according to commissioner John Love.

County Commissioners are now looking at discussing the tax increase. And where to go from there. Lenhart also says that he has received support from the Putnam County mayors association towards the increase.

In Ottawa. Katie honigford, Your News Now.