CHULA VISTA, Calif. – With the price of gas approaching $4 a gallon in San Diego, supporters of a ballot measure to repeal the state gas tax will hold a campaign event Thursday where drivers can fill up for just $1.99 a gallon.
The cheap gas will be available at Valero Gas, 873 Palomar St. in Chula Vista from 5 to 7 p.m., according to Yes on Prop. 6, the organization pushing for the gas tax repeal. It is part of a campaign rally that will run from 3 to 7 p.m. at the same location.
Prop 6 is an effort to repeal a 12-cent per gallon tax that went into effect earlier this year in order to raise money for transportation infrastructure and repairs across the state.
"I just put in $30 and it’s definitely going to fill up my tank. Typically I would pay around $60 to fill up my tank," said one woman filling up her tank.
Valero estimates more than 400 cars came through to pump gas during the event, totaling nearly 6,000 gallons of gas.
Those opposing Prop 6 say eliminating funding for thousands of projects meant to improve California’s roads comes with a price.
Representatives for No on 6 sent FOX 5 the following statement:
“The last thing in the world we should be doing is eliminating road safety and infrastructure projects. But that’s exactly what Proposition 6 will do,” said Skip Carter, former Deputy Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol. “It will have a hugely negative and local impact — making our roads and bridges less safe, more deteriorated and more congested.”
While everyone would love to see gas prices fall to $1.99 a gallon, Prop. 6 would not bring down price so dramatically. The current gas tax adds only about 12 cents to the price of a gallon of gas. Next July, the tax is slated to rise to 17.3 cents a gallon, according to an analysis by the Sacramento Bee.