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Gas Index Tax Raises Washoe County Prices

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Gas prices are now a little higher because of a gas tax index that began July 1, 2014. In 2008, voters approved RTC # 5, a ballot question that would raise gas prices based on what the Producers Price Index (PPI) does each fiscal year.

“This is something voters support,” said Joe Harrington, Public Information Officer with the Regional Transportation Commission. “They were very clear in sending this message in 2008 that having a great transportation system is vital to our local economy and it is important to them.”

If prices were to go up for raw goods used in construction projects, RTC feared they could face large deficits.

On Tuesday, average gas prices rose about four cents to about 3.75 cents of which go directly to RTC.

According to Harrington, the money is already being used on the SouthEast Connector Project as well as the future widening of Pyramid Highway and McCarran Blvd.

Those who question the index fear it is a slippery slope in how much county residents could be taxed.

“Is $1 a gallon in Washoe County enough? Too much? I don’t know,” said Peter Krueger, Executive Director of the Nevada Petroleum Marketers Association. “I don’t know if voters have a good sense of what they approved. There’s no way to stop it because we bonded against it.”

Krueger also says that even though Washoe County residents are the ones who pay the tax, gas and convenient stores suffer too.

“Our men and women are the people who collect the tax at the pump,” he said. “If motorists are unhappy, they don’t yell at RTC or elected officials, the talk to the men and women at the convenient store or at the pump.”
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