NY State Gas Tax to be Suspended, Here’s How Much You’ll Save
Albeit a week late, New York State reached an agreement on a fiscal budget Thursday. Part of the agreement includes a temporary suspension of the statewide gas tax.
The tax will be suspended starting June 1st and carry through the end of the year. The state's surcharge on gas is about 33 cents a gallon, so how much will you save? About half that. The estimated savings for a gallon will be about 16 cents a gallon. Not a huge dent, but it's something.
Schenectady Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara sponsored the bill:
My proposal to suspend the state gas tax is IN the final state budget proposal —big step towards getting it passed! It will provide some much-needed for hard-working families here in upstate
Money to make up for lost revenue from the gas tax will come from the general fund and will go toward road and bridge repair as well as to the MTA in New York City.
The six month period of the gas tax suspension, also called a 'gas tax holiday' will cover all grades of unleaded and diesel fuels.
According to Triple A, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the Capital Region is $4.23, with diesel at $5.08.
GasBuddy.com ranks the highest and lowest prices in the area, currently Alltown Fresh on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady has the cheapest price, at $3.99/gallon for regular unleaded.
The national average for a gallon of unleaded is $4.15, the average price in New York State is $4.26.