WCEO Funding Information

Operational Funding

The major sources of funding for the Wyandot County Engineer's Office are License Plate Fees and Gasoline Tax. License plate fees in Wyandot County are divided up and disbursed to the County Engineer, Townships, and Municipalities, based upon a statutory formula. Wyandot County does not have additional permissive taxes added to vehicle registrations and intends to keep it this way for as long as possible. Gasoline tax is the other major source of funding. Although motorist pay approximately 40 cents in taxes for each gallon of gasoline purchased, the county engineers receive only 1.9 cents of the gas tax with the majority of the tax going to the state and federal departments.

Other sources of funding utilized by the Wyandot County Engineer are federal bridge funds (LBR),
Ohio Public Works Issue 1 funds (OPWC), court fines, interest payments, and road permits. Federal bridge funds and OPWC funds are secondary sources of funding that have helped the county engineer stretch the limited local funds without increases in the gasoline tax or the addition of permissive fees on vehicle licenses. These funds must be continually applied for and have many requirements attached to them. Wyandot County is in direct competition with other counties and cities and must follow all of the rules and procedures to receive these funds. A typical federally funded bridge project may take up to 8 years to be completed due to the plan reviews and requirements tied to the federal money. OPWC projects are funded by the sale of bonds by the State of Ohio and are administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission and its local District 13 Committee.

A common misconception is that the Wyandot County Engineer receives funds from property taxes, county sales tax or the county general fund.
No general fund money, sales tax money or property tax money has been or will be used for any road and bridge maintenance or project in
Wyandot County.

Funding for the engineering, construction and maintenance of county petitioned ditch projects comes from separate funds set up from assessments to landowners within the watershed of those ditches. These funds are set up by law to be used on ditch projects and may not be used for any other purpose.

Due to limited sources of funding, increased costs of fuel, materials, and no increase in license plate fees or gasoline tax in recent years, the Wyandot County Engineer's office has been forced to reduce its work force by close to 50% in recent years. Mechanization of tasks has helped to reduce the need for more employees and a summer work program for post high school students has supplemented the County's work force during the construction and mowing season.