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Race Against Time To Repeal California Gas Tax Hike

Matt Bigler
March 19, 2018 - 4:14 pm

(KCBS RADIO) - Time is running out for supporters of a gas tax repeal to get a measure on the November ballot. As KCBS Radio's Matt Bigler reports the 12 cent per gallon tax increase went into effect late last year.

Every time you fill up at the pump you're paying about 41 cents per gallon in state taxes. That surcharge went up 12 cents last year to help pay for state and local transportation projects.

"Doesn't sound exorbitant at all. No, it sounds fair." Andrew Pereira says he hasn't even noticed the increase.

"I think it's minimal. I mean 12 cents is, almost as, compared to $3.95 a gallon and they complain about 12 cents," Pereira adds. "I think they should probably find better things to complain about."

But other drivers did complain saying they would be willing to sign a petition to repeal the tax hike. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is trying to gather 585,000 signatures by April 20th to put a repeal on the November ballot.

The anti-tax group says any increase in the gas tax should be approved by voters.

Supporters say the tax is helping to raise $5 billion a year for everything from fixing potholes to reducing congestion on freeways.