Georgia Governor Freezes Sales Tax On Gasoline
- Jun 11, 2012 | Susan McLain
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.”