Gas Tax Hike

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Starting January 1, motorists should expect to pay an extra four-and-a-half cents a gallon at the pump in West Virginia.

State Tax Commissioner Virgil Helton says that's the amount of a scheduled increase in one of the state's fuel taxes.

This tax is based on average wholesale prices.

High gasoline prices will hike the tax from six-and-a-half to eleven cents per gallon.

That means motorists will be paying just shy of 50 cents per gallon in both state and federal taxes in the new year.

Governor Joe Manchin froze last year's scheduled increase to offset the spike in gas prices caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

But the governor has said he does not expect to block the upcoming increase.

All state gas taxes benefit the State Road Fund, and officials say that fund is woefully short of the money needed for road building and repairs.

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