California gas taxes go up

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gas prices SAN DIEGO — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Sunday for the sixth time in seven days, falling 1.1 cents to $4.048.

The average price is 6.8 cents less than one week ago but 3.8 cents more than one month ago and 30.6 cents higher than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The falling prices follow an 11-day streak of increases totaling 14.6 cents.

The dropping pump prices follow a large decrease in wholesale gasoline prices, according to Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The decreases are expected to end on Monday when a 3.5-cent per gallon increase in the gasoline excise tax goes into effect. The California Board of Equalization is required to adjust the excise tax rate by March 1 each year to ensure revenue neutrality under a law that went into effect in 2010.

Gasoline sales tax revenues fund local government programs, while the state excise tax on gasoline funds highway and mass transit projects throughout California.


  • normal guy

    "Sales tax revenue decreased in 2011 and 2012 because of dropping gasoline prices"

    Wait a minute, wouldn't the fact that more hybrids are on the road, especially in CA, which would result in less gas being purchased and less sales tax revenue? Think about this too, a lot of hybrids were bought with a Federally funded rebate and/or tax credit.

    This means if you bought your hybrid at the right time your purchase was subsidized with tax dollars. Now people with regular cars are making up the difference in CA tax revenue since the hybrid owners have decreased their tax liability while still using the same roads.

    Thaaaaankssss (nod to South Park)

  • Fred

    This is a present for all of you morons that voted in Governor Moonbeam!

    I thought there was a surplus at the state level? LOL

  • Albertdisuza

    In the last 2 years, the scenario had been similar. In 2011 as well as 2012, the fuel prices rose after the 4th of July through Labor Day. However, factors contributing to this trend were different each year.

  • Eddie

    tax collectors are true magicians. I can't tell which cup the ball is under any more? Watch the explanation by the CBE.

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