That 3-cent increase in gas tax? More like a nickel – and higher still in Atlanta

Beth Brown at the Association County Commissions of Georgia has confirmed what we were told this morning: That 3-cent sales tax that kicks in on May 1 will actually be more like 5 cents, or more, once special local option sales taxes are counted.

The matter is complicated, but the state tax on gasoline is a flat 7.5 cents per gallon, plus an amount based on price – which increases if the price per gallon goes up more than 25 percent.

And that it has indeed done, which means the secondary state tax will automatically increase from 10.1 cents to 12.9 cents per gallon on May 1.

But that doesn’t count the sales tax that local governments add. Communities that levy SPLOST pennies for education and local county governments will add an average of 2.1 cents per gallon, Brown said.

So now, we’re up to 4.9 cents. And in the city of Atlanta, the automated tax hike will be more like 6 cents, because of the extra sales tax for the reconstruction of the city’s sewer system.

A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal has said that the situation is being monitored.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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102 comments Add your comment

Thanks

April 25th, 2011
3:22 pm

Thanks for the fine job you’re doing Governor Deal in your attempts to screw over the state. Great ob so far! The possibility of damaging our economy with HB87 and now a tax hike. Bravo.

Max

April 25th, 2011
3:31 pm

So…a 2% rise in price due to taxes. Devastating…just devastating. I mean how the heck am I going to pay that after the 80% rise in the last months from the oil companies? All about perspective, eh?

Please – get over yourselves people. If we don’t pay taxes we don’t get roads fixed.

John K

April 25th, 2011
3:39 pm

Taxed Enough Already! Yeeeeeeehaaaaawwwww!!!!

Mark

April 25th, 2011
3:49 pm

@Thanks – HB87 is LONG overdue. I applaud the current legislatures guts to implement it. Though this is not really on topic.
…back on topic, I have a diesel pickup truck. Yesterday, my fill up was over $120. this fuel situation is waaaaay out of hand. 2007 was worse still but with no end in sight it looks as though we’ll be seeing those prices again before the end of the year.

DEMO-CRANATICS

April 25th, 2011
3:52 pm

YOU REPUBLICANS …GOT JUST WHAT YOU WANTED MORE TAXES ,….GOOD JOB…SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT DEAL!…OIL COMPANIES ARE LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK….SMDH

danny

April 25th, 2011
3:52 pm

Kick the tax up to a dime or a quarter, get it all!

The Real Chef

April 25th, 2011
3:55 pm

If you people think a 5 cent a gallon tax hike is bad, wait until China, India, Russia and Brazil want to be paid back all that money we owe them.

But never fear…keep playing angry birds, watching Ophrkra, Dokka Phill and Ellen. It’s all good.

need more roads

April 25th, 2011
4:02 pm

We spend billions a year on cars and fuel and yet we can’t afford to upgrade our highways, improve and add to marta, add bike lanes, or finish our HOV lanes out to the suburbs. YES, we need to add even a few more pennies so people can feel the real price of fuel and we can get solid transportation solutions. If you don’t like the price of gas find an alternative. It’s only going to keep going up and up.

Rambo

April 25th, 2011
4:03 pm

To Demo-cranatics, you have to be kidding. All the green left wingers and democrats refuse to allow America to get it’s own oil out of our ground. I think it might be time to take it and say bye- bye to all elected officials. Remember Egypt?

Peadawg

April 25th, 2011
4:04 pm

“back on topic, I have a diesel pickup truck.” – I stopped reading there…you chose to own a gas-guzzler. You can’t complain.

artyc

April 25th, 2011
4:05 pm

a I said before with DEAL you got the BUMS DEAL

Shelly

April 25th, 2011
4:05 pm

I sure like the change we are getting. Obama sure has helped. My healthcare went up 35 percent, spouse and children dropped by employer because of cost, gas going who knows how high, groceries going just as high and the list goes on and on. Thanks Obama. We need Clark Howard and Dave Ramsey on the ticket in 2012.

Rambo

April 25th, 2011
4:05 pm

Hey, need more roads,

drill here drill now. Screw the elk.

Eric

April 25th, 2011
4:07 pm

Mark- I, too drive a large diesel-sucking pickup truck. I’m sure I could save some $ by getting a small, efficient car, but as far as I’m concerned, my truck is a form of life insurance. There aren’t many vehicles out there that could hit me and kill me or my family. 1800 lb Prius vs my 7,500 lb Dodge = no brainer. Other good news is- if there is a gas shortage, it is less likely to affect me, if I can afford to drive to the station.

Eric

April 25th, 2011
4:11 pm

What we freaking need is more oil, but the enviroweenies keep blocking every attempt to get it from our own reserves. Drill baby, drill! My truck is thirsty!

on patroll

April 25th, 2011
4:11 pm

mark, are you oblivious? HB87 is just going to make you pay more at the store. You’re already whining about gas prices now and it will be groceries next.

Alejandro

April 25th, 2011
4:11 pm

As long as people are complacent and lay down at the heels of the government; we will continue to be chattel with rings in our noses.

on patroll

April 25th, 2011
4:13 pm

There aren’t many vehicles out there that could hit me and kill me or my family.

Yet you don’t mind putting other families at risk with your monster truck?
It doesn’t have to be your fault to kill someone in an accident.

Last Man Standing

April 25th, 2011
4:14 pm

Travis

April 25th, 2011
4:18 pm

Yay for higher gas taxes! Slowly but surely people will be forced to quit driving and will turn to public transportation…gets people off the roads and lessens congestion.

Eric

April 25th, 2011
4:23 pm

on Patrol- I’d rather pay a little more at the store than a lot more at the emergency room and in school taxes. Those are the areas where HB87 will save us big $, moron.

Paul

April 25th, 2011
4:25 pm

Gee Travis are you only thinking about people that live in the city? What about people that live in the country where there is no public transportation . I guess your line of the thought is screw them to! What a great guy you are. I would have say that you are a liability to society! One that only thinks of themselves and having it your way.

Have a good day!!.

This heart is divided

April 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

AMEN SHELLY!!!! I would sooooo vote in Clark Howard and Dave Ramsey!

USMC2841

April 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

I drive a Honda Accord for the mileage but there is no way I should judge anyone willing drive a larger vehicle for safety. If you chose to strap yourself into 900 pounds of plastic and hurl yourself down the road at 80mph that is your choice. I suppose next you’ll call for the removal of all the trees you’re trying to save because if you run off of the road and hit one in your Pious you’re odds of survival are much less that being in a Pick up.

You idiots voted for Deal too....

April 25th, 2011
4:29 pm

Just saying…

Eric

April 25th, 2011
4:30 pm

Travis- I’m a redneck from the sticks, thank God. Maybe some of the gas taxes could help pay for your sorry butt to come out here and ferry me around as a form of public transportation. Is it just me, or does it seem that all liberal weenies are sitting around playing John Lennon songs while waiting for the Mother Ship to arrive? Real World calling Travis- anyone home?

Matt

April 25th, 2011
4:30 pm

People this is why everyone in the country should be demanding the flat tax be put in place. Give me my whole check and tax me on just what I purchase.

Tony

April 25th, 2011
4:31 pm

Gas taxes are the perfect consumption tax. Why are so many people complaining?

"DAWG"

April 25th, 2011
4:31 pm

Just keep kicking us while we are down, way to go.Travis you have lost your mind or what ever is between your ears.

Eric

April 25th, 2011
4:33 pm

USMC2841- God bless you, sir. Thanks for keeping me free. I’ll run point in my truck for you and your Honda any day through Atlanta. You get to run point for me when we use the much-hailed “public transportation”.

Jeff

April 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

In 2008, Americans voted in a man who promised “change”.

So far, all I’ve seen change is my household income, by half, due to being laid off…additional dollars lost due to furloughs by my wife…grocery prices increased due to the oil situation…home utility bills increased due to operating costs increasing…

Something has to give somewhere…America has the oil in reserve and still underground. I’m all for protecting the environment, but the government needs to stand up for Americans, (you know, the folks who elected them…) and start drilling or FORCE the car makers to make more fuel efficient or alternative fuels vehicles that ordinary people can afford.

obama/binden=obomb us bindladen

April 25th, 2011
4:35 pm

DEMO-CRANATICS what about your spend spend spend president?

Travis

April 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

“What about people that live in the country where there is no public transportation”
You chose to live in the boonies…now pay for that choice :)

Nunya

April 25th, 2011
4:36 pm

“First-quarter crude prices averaged about $100 a barrel, or about 20% higher than a year ago, pushed upward by oil-supply concerns due to political unrest in the Arab World and a recovering global economy. That spike is expected to lift earnings by about 50% at Exxon Mobil Corp., and about 33% each at Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips, compared with a year earlier.”

And yet the Republicans in the House of Representatives unanimously voted to continue giving these companies massive tax subsidies. Why? Because we may elect them, but the oil companies own them.

Ryan

April 25th, 2011
4:39 pm

The real reason that gas prices are high and will continue to be high is China. We’re only beginning to see the Red Dragon waking up. Unfortunately for us at the rate we keep letting them buy our debt we’ll be their slaves in no time at all.

USMC2841

April 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

Travis, Logically speaking higher gas taxes have economic impacts far beyond just the local commuter. The items that are shipped most via roadways are food stuff. Due to their perishable nature they have to be shipped quickly and roadways are the quickest. Think about how many Publix and Kroger trucks you see on the roads. Increasing fuel tax drives up the cost of food and other services as well.

On a different note.Many blame this on the speculators in the market and the government claims they have no control but if they implement policies that look to lower the cost of fuel in the future the speculators wouldn’t see so many dollar signs and would let the market correct itself.

on patroll

April 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

eric, school taxes are from property taxes…exactly how does HB87 going to lower your property tax?
ERs? You really think you are going to see savings on your health insurance? This is what you will see….higher prices for groceries, and this is what you will get back…nothing.

Susan

April 25th, 2011
4:41 pm

So, we automatically get taxed more if the price per gallon goes up more than 25%. Whose idea is that?? Nothing like kicking you when you’re down.

LMAO

April 25th, 2011
4:43 pm

Sophia

April 25th, 2011
4:43 pm

The gas tax in Georgia is one of the lowest in the USA. It could be a lot worse!

Fred

April 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

@Peadawg,

Some of us need the large vehicles for work. 3-4 days a week I pull a 4,000-7,000 trailer depending on how it is loaded. I’d like to see your econo-box do that! And before you say something about finding a job where I don’t need the trailer, if everyone did that there would be no one left to do the work…..except maybe some illegal aliens!

Rambo

April 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

Tony,

There is no perfect tax except No Tax. Or in some people’s mind, a tax on everybody but me.

Reduce politicians pay by 1/2. and get rid of the other half. Noone in private sector gets big pay and lifetime annunities for crappy performance.

Blame both parties , Drill here drill now It’s my land not the Washington bloodsuckers.

Sophia

April 25th, 2011
4:46 pm

Perhaps the higher gas prices will really make the auto industry put a little more than a token effort in improving MPG. I mean wouldn’t you love to drive a huge SUV and get 50 MPG with no loss of performance? The first person that can figure that out will be rich.

on patroll

April 25th, 2011
4:47 pm

USMC i agree but also agree with travis…though trips to TN or FL will be missed. However, there will be nothing done to lower the cost of fuel. You just have to get use to the prices and adjust. No amount of drilling will increase what is already a limited nonrenewable resource. Sure we may not see the end in our lifetime but we will never see gas prices much lower than now and probably much higher. The only way for us to see lower prices is for more govt. subsidies for oil. I would rather pay market price for oil then what we pay for sugar now. sugar world market 7 cents, US 22 cents, because we guarantee the price through subsudies.

Chaz

April 25th, 2011
4:47 pm

In the 1970s, oil was high and the rich were taxed at a 70% rate. Now, we are back there, but what’s changed? The rich are taxed at 35% rate. Hmmmm…someone explain that to me?

Rambo

April 25th, 2011
4:48 pm

BTW, How is that change you can beleive in working out for Ya’ll?

I think our current adminstration Federal/State/County/Local needs to hit the trail NOW!!!

Now back to work for me. TIFN.

Todd

April 25th, 2011
4:50 pm

To all thos Bashing Deal: He had nothing to do with tax hike, it’s a federal law that go forth when gas jumps up by more than .25 cents. The governor is considering a freeze on the tax, like Perdue did in 2008. So to all your libs…STFU

Trenton

April 25th, 2011
4:51 pm

I’d love to buy a new truck but none of them out there right now get decent mileage. Toyota sells a diesel truck in all their other world markets that is powerful and gets great mileage…why not here?

John McClain

April 25th, 2011
4:53 pm

You know some of these folks with diesel trucks use these trucks for work purposes so cut them some slack, what do you think brought your Prius to the dealer?

Dr Dr

April 25th, 2011
4:54 pm

OMG where do all the whiners come from? both parties are to blame. most of you don’t remember the ‘73 and ‘78 oil embargoes? Just wait until the OPEC countries decide they don’t want to sell to the U.S. again. You think gas is high now? I remember Carter imposing price controls which only sent prices higher. I remember Reagan attempting to start an energy policy but the dems didn’t want one. In Clinton’s first term his energy group said it would take 10 years to get new drilling and new refinery capacity online and in operation. Well…. guess what it’s now been over 15 years and we have next to no new wells in this country and NO new refineries. We need a real energy policy like Brazil and we need it yesterday. We haven’t had a new refinery built in this country in over 30 years because of all the regs and envirocommies crying. If the OPEC countries decided to impose another embargo we couldn’t refine enough of our own oil to even run the country. But because of the envirocommies we can’t even get our own oil. I say drill it here, drill it now or we’ll be the next 3rd world country. Now go suck it up and buy the next $60 tank of gas.