CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Joe Manchin says a decision to
freeze the state gas tax until the end of 2009 will save West
Virginians between $50 million and $55 million next year.
State Tax Commissioner Christopher Morris says the estimate is based on the average wholesale price of fuels between July 1 and Oct. 31, which the state uses to calculate next year's gas tax.
Morris says those figures show drivers will save 3.7 cents a gallon in 2009.
The Legislature voted in June to keep the wholesale portion of the fuel tax at 11.7 cents per gallon.
To offset projected losses to the State Road Fund, the Legislature set up a $40 million special fund, about $12.6 million of which has been spent.