He wanted a snack and drink, but then he saw the price of gas,
The station worker told Ross, who lives in
"But he didn't know what time it would happen and joked around about keeping it a secret," Ross said. "I had almost three-quarters of a tank, but I figured I might as well fill it up before the increase hits."
The increase is
"I don't now how I missed knowing about this, but I had no idea and am very glad I came before they increased the price," said
The motor fuel tax increase is supposed to help pay for
The increase already had been applied by late Monday morning at the Mobil station at
"They're always raising the taxes on something, it never stops," said
Many drivers feel they have no reasonable alternatives.
What else can you do?" asked
"I have to take premium gas," Goldsmith said, for the Jaguar she drives, which means she already is paying more for fuel.
"People are getting tired of getting taxed and are starting to leave the state," said
But in the meantime, they still have to buy gas, Gabriel said.
"It's a hefty purchase," he said.
But with the higher tax this year and more likely in the future, he thinks it is worth the invest
"I will probably save about
Bonanno, a police officer in
Jeeno Joseph, owner of the the Shell station at
Drivers compare prices, and gas sales in
Small businesses where traveling is integral to their operations will especially feel the pinch.
"We have 10 trucks out driving," said
He was buying gas
The landscapers drive trucks to haul trailers holding their lawn equipment, which also burn gas.
"We have to buy gas for the big grass mowing tractors, too," Garcia said.
"Since last year, we raised our prices to the customers," he said.
They may be forced to raise them again, due to the rising fuel taxes.
"We operate seven days a week," Zalatoris said. "We have 138 vehicles and use an average of 7,000 to 8,000 gallons a month. Another
The school's instructors buy gas for the vehicles at regular gas stations and do not get a wholesale price, he said.
"We know the financial issues the state has," Zalatoris said, but the higher taxes mean either the small business or the consumer gets hurt.
After the summer, the company will reevaluate its operations and decide whether to raise the price of lessons to cover the tax hike.
"We want to stay competitive," Zalatoris said.
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