State & federal tax changes on gas in effect

January 1, 2012 5:53:08 PM PST
A new 3.9-cent state tax on gasoline took effect Sunday which allocates nearly 40-cents of every gallon pumped to the state.

The new tax makes North Carolina the sixth highest gas taxing state in the nation.

In addition to the state's new tax, changes to a federal tax on ethanol could add another nickel per gallon.

The federal tax break on ethanol expired on Dec. 31, 2011 which adds 4.9-cents per gallon for North Carolina drivers

Tyronza Hicks of Durham said the changes are on gas are ridiculous.

"Eleven years ago it was affordable. I won't say cheap but affordable," he said. "Now, it's just outrageous. It's causing a person like me to work two or three jobs."

By comparison, the gas tax-rate in South Carolina is 22-cents cheaper than it is here.

In Virginia, it's 19-cents cheaper.

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