DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Expect a hike in gas pricing starting Sept. 1, just as prices are currently going down at local gas stations.
Prices will go up six cents per gallon. In total, Alabama’s tax rate will increase to 24 per cents for a gallon of gas and 25 cents per gallon of diesel.
For some, this will end up being good for Alabama.
“I believe in good roads for the State of Alabama,” John Shipman said. “If you have good roads, you will have less wrecks. It’s safer to have good roads.”
The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Alabama is $2.26. Back in February, Gov. Kay Ivey announced her plan to increase funding for road, bridges and other state infrastructure. In total, residents will see a ten cent per gallon increase by the end of 2023.
“Young people don’t realize it, but I’m old now,” Shipman said “You have to pat for good things so (the) taxes are a fair tax. Everyone uses the roads and will be paying their fair (share) of taxes.”
The total of gas taxes in Alabama is considered to be lower than most states. Although prices will increase, there are ways to save.
”The simplest thing most people can do for their car is to make sure they are getting the very best fuel mileage is to keep properly inflated tire pressure,” Steve Henderson of Ace Automotive said.
This increase marks the first change in Alabama’s gas tax since 1992.