Fuel Tax Break Brings No Relief for Consumers

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - New Year's Eve, prices hovered just below $1.60 a gallon, right before Georgia's four-cent fuel tax break was set to go into effect.

After the ball dropped and the New Year's celebrations subsided, though, still no change in the prices.

"I do feel slighted sometimes," said Skip Williams, a Columbus Driver.

"I think it's ridiculous. We are paying taxes on a whole lot of things, and how are the people really going to survive," said Toney Perry, a Columbus Driver.

While the oil companies profit, it's not just consumers who are suffering.

Gas taxes are the main source of funding for transportation projects throughout the state, and when the fuel tax goes down, there is less money for road and bridge repair.

The Brown Avenue bridge is one of the local project still waiting for DOT funding.

With the fuel tax break, projects like this could be affected, and many say what's the point if consumers aren't benefiting.

"If you're making only so much money, you want to survive without going through difficult days and times. Four cents makes a whole lot of difference," said Perry.

"It adds up a great deal, it will buy you a meal every couple of weeks," said Williams.