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Will gas taxes climb?



January 13, 2003

Albany-- A $27 million drop in fuel-tax collections has some local governments and businesses pushing for an increase in the gas tax.

Georgia has one of the nation's lowest gasoline taxes and has not raised it in 31 years. But some counties depend almost entirely on gas-tax revenue to repave roads, as part of the state Transportation Department's Local Assistance Road Program.

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the Georgia Municipal Association and the Georgia Transit Association, which represents most of the state's largest transit providers, are talking to legislators to build support for an increase.

Georgians pay an average 30.6 cents in state and federal taxes per gallon of gas, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Optional county taxes and a half-cent environmental fee push the total to about 35 cents per gallon.

posted at 11:14AM by dave.miller@walb.com

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