Funding Programs

The activities of the County Engineer are financed from various sources. The major responsibility, the upkeep of roads and bridges, is primarily financed by highway user fees such as motor vehicle fuel taxes and registration fees. Supplemental funds (voted bond issues and levies, as well as fines) are available for specific highway improvement purposes.

Fuel taxes earmarked for highway purposes are levied at the state and federal levels of government. State revenues are distributed for use in the State, County, Township and Municipal Highway Systems by means of statutory formulas. The amount of the tax varies depending on legislative action. Also, some of the monies distributed to the states from federal funds are passed on to local governments on a project by project basis.

The income from state motor vehicle registration fees (after state administrative costs are deducted) is returned to the local government units on the basis of a statutory formula. Currently the distribution percentages are 71% for counties, 24% for municipalities and 5% for townships. County, municipal and township government agencies have the authority to also levy their own motor vehicle registration fee in the form of an additional tax of up to $20.00 (in $5.00 increments). The amounts levied vary from county to county according to highway improvement needs and the enactment procedure of the three levels of local government. The revenues received must be used for highway purposes. 

Municipal Road Funds


The State Capital Improvement Program & Local Transportation Improvement Program (SCIP/LTIP) was first approved by Ohio voters in 1987, and has since been reauthorized by voters several times, the most recent in 2014.  The SCIP/LTIP Programs are administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). 

SCIP/LTIP Programs are solicited, scored and selected by nineteen (19) District Integrating Committees according to each District’s Schedule.  Due to its size (population), Hamilton County is a single county district, OPWC District 2.

The District is administered on a local level by the District 2 Integrating Committee which is made up of appointed local government officials, who have the authority under Chapter 164 of the Ohio Revised Code to award, grants and loans to qualified applicants.  All municipalities, townships and Hamilton County are eligible to apply for and be awarded SCIP grants and loans, and LTIP grants.

General Information
OPWC Emergency Funding Policy

OPWC Fiscal Year 2025

Township 20% Funds

General Information

Public Notice

Clean Ohio Conservation Fund