Ky. motorists get small reduction in gas tax

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 8:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky drivers are riding on a cheaper gallon of gasoline, but most probably won't notice the difference.

Beginning New Year's Day, the state's gas tax dropped by 1.5 cents per gallon, from 25.9 cents a gallon to 24.4 cents.

Transportation officials say the change reflects the drop in the average wholesale price of gas. It'll be a minor change to your pockets, but it'll take a chunk out of road projects across the state, about 45 million dollars worth.

"Everybody's gotta have gas. So, it doesn't matter what price you put on gas. But as long as they're going to do it, they might as well use it for road projects," Dennis Babcock, a Kentuckiana driver said.

The Kentucky Road Fund is the state's source of revenue for building, improving and maintaining Kentucky roads and bridges.

"Everywhere you go the roads are getting better, wider, smoother," Babcock said.

But projects that aren't already underway could get cut altogether. Dennis Donahue says he'd rather feel a bump in price than a bump on the road.

"You don't notice the difference at the pump, why take away that revenue for our roads. Because we obviously need it. Just leave it there," Donahue said.

This is the first decrease in Kentucky's gas tax since 2010.

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