ALBANY, GA (WALB) - from GasBuddy-
There's good news and bad news. First, the good news: We're still saving money on gasoline. The bad news? Your state government wants more of it in their hands, not yours.
“Since the beginning of the year we anticipated significant savings at the pump for consumers, since most of us are paying nearly $1 less per gallon compared to 2014 fuel prices,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “For the average motorist that represents savings of about $700 over the course of the year.”
“But unfortunately more state politicians consider this an opportunity to increase gas taxes for a long menu of needs, hoping that consumers either won't know, or won't mind as much as they might have if retail prices were at year-ago levels,” DeHaan said.
GA Governor Nathan Deal is expected to sign a transportation bill that would increase Georgia's combined federal and state gasoline tax from 44 cents per gallon, to 53 cents. And, wait for it... cities and counties are also allowed to charge up to 6 cents per gallon.
The way this works is that Georgia will charge a flat fee of 26 cents a gallon on gasoline and 29 cents for diesel. It currently has a 7.5 cent tax, and a 4% sales tax on every gallon of gas and diesel sold.
Add in federal tax and the 3% local sales tax, and a gallon of gas in Georgia will cost 8 cents more, at least at the current price of fuel. A gallon of diesel will cost 9 cents more.
- CLICK HERE to see gas prices in the state, and in south Georgia