COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 20, 2005) — The Ohio Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (OTDRA) has successfully lobbied the state legislature to remove a proposed tire fee increase from a budget bill.
An amendment to H.B. 66 would have doubled Ohio's tire disposal fee to $2 per tire and used the extra funds for a littering program administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The proposed increase was dropped from the final version that will be submitted on June 18 to Gov. Robert Taft during conference committee.
The current tire fee of $1 per new-tire sold will remain unchanged and continue only to fund scrap tire cleanup and recycling efforts, according to Gordon Gough, OTDRA executive director.