Montgomery County sales tax goes up Monday; How does it compare to other counties?

Montgomery County’s sales tax rate will jump into the state's third-highest spot when it rises a quarter percent on Monday, joining Franklin County and portions of Delaware and Union counties at 7.5 percent.

Cuyahoga County is alone with the state’s highest sales tax rate at 8 percent, which includes 1 percent that goes to mass transit. A portion of Licking County, which has a 0.5 percent transit authority tax, is second-highest in the state at 7.75 percent.

County commissions are allowed to raise permissive sales taxes up to 1.5 percent, a level already reached by 50 Ohio counties. But there is room for future Montgomery County commissions to raise the rate further.

In June, commissioners agreed to raise Montgomery County’s rate from 1 percent to 1.25 percent.

The combined rate in Montgomery County also includes a 0.5 percent portion that goes to the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. The state gets 5.75 percent, which is the rate for all counties.

Butler County, along with Stark and Wayne counties, share the state’s lowest retail sales tax rate, 6.5 percent.

Ohio retail sales tax rates

(Ranked highest to lowest)
CountyCombinedStateCountyTransit
Cuyahoga85.751.251
Licking (COTA)*7.755.751.50.5
Delaware (COTA)*7.55.751.250.5
Franklin7.55.751.250.5
Montgomery7.55.751.250.5
Union (COTA)*7.55.751.250.5
Adams7.255.751.5 
Auglaize7.255.751.5 
Belmont7.255.751.5 
Brown7.255.751.5 
Champaign7.255.751.5 
Clark7.255.751.5 
Columbiana7.255.751.5 
Coshocton7.255.751.5 
Crawford7.255.751.5 
Darke7.255.751.5 
Fairfield (COTA)*7.255.7510.5
Fayette7.255.751.5 
Fulton7.255.751.5 
Guernsey7.255.751.5 
Hardin7.255.751.5 
Harrison7.255.751.5 
Henry7.255.751.5 
Highland7.255.751.5 
Hocking7.255.751.5 
Huron7.255.751.5 
Jackson7.255.751.5 
Jefferson7.255.751.5 
Knox7.255.751.5 
Lawrence7.255.751.5 
Licking7.255.751.5 
Logan7.255.751.5 
Lucas7.255.751.5 
Mahoning7.255.751.250.25
Marion7.255.751.5 
Meigs7.255.751.5 
Mercer7.255.751.5 
Monroe7.255.751.5 
Morgan7.255.751.5 
Morrow7.255.751.5 
Muskingum7.255.751.5 
Noble7.255.751.5 
Paulding7.255.751.5 
Perry7.255.751.5 
Pickaway7.255.751.5 
Pike7.255.751.5 
Portage7.255.751.250.25
Preble7.255.751.5 
Ross7.255.751.5 
Sandusky7.255.751.5 
Scioto7.255.751.5 
Seneca7.255.751.5 
Shelby7.255.751.5 
Tuscarawas7.255.751.5 
Van Wert7.255.751.5 
Vinton7.255.751.5 
Washington7.255.751.5 
Williams7.255.751.5 
Wyandot7.255.751.5 
Ashland75.751.25 
Athens75.751.25 
Delaware75.751.25 
Gallia75.751.25 
Hamilton75.751.25 
Holmes75.751.25 
Lake75.7510.25
Madison75.751.25 
Miami75.751.25 
Ottawa75.751.25 
Putnam75.751.25 
Richland75.751.25 
Union75.751.25 
Warren75.751.25 
Allen6.755.751 
Ashtabula6.755.751 
Carroll6.755.751 
Clermont6.755.751 
Clinton6.755.751 
Defiance6.755.751 
Erie6.755.751 
Fairfield6.755.751 
Geauga6.755.751 
Greene6.755.751 
Hancock6.755.751 
Lorain6.755.751 
Medina6.755.751 
Summit6.755.750.50.5
Trumbull6.755.751 
Wood6.755.751 
Butler6.55.750.75 
Stark6.55.750.50.25
Wayne6.55.750.75
* In addition to Franklin County, a 0.5 percent sales tax funding the Central Ohio Transit Authority is collected in parts of Delaware, Fairfield, Licking and Union counties.
SOURCE: Ohio Department of Taxation, effective Oct. 1, 2018
        

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