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Georgia Governor Freezes Sales Tax On Gasoline

  • Jun 11, 2012 | Susan McLain

The heat of summer did not stop Georgia Governor Nathan Deal from signing “…an executive order to freeze the state gasoline sales tax at 12.1 cents per gallon on Friday,” according to wsbtv.com.

Consumer investigator Jim Strickland “…confirmed through state sources the tax would have risen to 12.9 cents on July 1, the same level charged from May 2011 through the end of the year.”

The gasoline sales tax has brought in $95 million more in gas taxes through May 2012 than collected by the same time period in 2011. In 2011, the gas tax averaged 10.5 cents through May.

Even though the state executive order freezes the state-level gas sales tax, it “…does not affect local option sales taxes, which will still go up a fraction of a cent per gallon.”

At The Pump

Meanwhile, May saw a lot of activity in Georgia regarding gas prices. Jim Strickland performed “on-the-street” interviews that showed people were excited to see gas prices going down. Consumers interviewed said:

“I live in Fayetteville and its about 15 to 20 cents more over there,” - Diane Prible at QT.

“…I’m excited to pump gas,” - Briana Delamarter.

“We have three vehicles and three drivers, so we’re definitely feeling the difference of it,” - Dan Shepard.

These drivers were paying an average of $3.28.9 per gallon in Stockbridge, Georgia. One reason was provided by Livia Whisenhunt, CEO of PS Energy Group, a fleet fuel supplier, “With the terrible state of the economy and the value of the Euro decreasing, the value of the dollar automatically goes up. Therefore, the value of crude goes down.”

Drivers were not concerned about the reason as much as the result. Says Alicia Chapman, “It helps because I’m going into college, and with paying for college expenses and gas, it makes it a lot easier.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”