COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Shoppers across Ohio will see a one-quarter percent sales tax increase beginning Sunday.
The rate will rise from 5.5 percent to 5.75 percent, or 25 cents for every $100 spent, on vehicles, electronics, clothing and other retail goods.
Ohio lawmakers approved the increase as part of the state's $62 billion, two-year state operating budget. The increase was part of a larger package of tax adjustments that will reduce overall business and individual taxes by an estimated $2.7 billion over the next three years. That includes a 10-percent cut to the personal income tax that will be phased in starting Sunday.
The Ohio Department of Taxation estimates 35 percent of an average Ohio family's spending is subject to the sales tax. Groceries, housing, medicines and education are exempt from sales taxes.
By JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent