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Tax Makes Gas More Expensive in Washoe County

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If you've driven to Carson City lately you may have noticed that gas prices are a whole lot cheaper there. In fact Wednesday morning the price spread between Reno and Carson City was as much 40 cents a gallon. And that is because of a recent increase in the indexing fuel tax for Washoe County.

"All 17 counties in the state level fuel taxes differently," says Peter Krueger who lobbies for the Nevada Petroleum Retailers. "I think it should probably be a state wide decision, but Washoe County approved an indexing tax in 2003 and it adds up every year."

The first of July, it increased by  nickel and depending on the inflation rates it could go up another 5010 cents next year.  So where does all that money go? To roads.

"The voters said yes to funding projects for the R-T-C," Krueger says. "And the R-T-C uses it to fund 30-year bonds for projects. So Washoe County does have a lot of projects and a lot of construction and it has very good roads compared to the rest of the state. But we all pay for that with gas tax."

The fact that gas is so much cheaper in all of the other counties may be fueling business there for now, but according to Carson City Manager, Larry Werner, Carson is considering putting the issue before voters there as well,  because they have no funding for roadwork and even though it adds to the price at the pump, it may be worth it in the long run.
Written by Erin Breen


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