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Gas tax increase set for July 1

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hannahpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Across the state, Nebraskans will be paying almost two cents more for gas.

Starting July 1 the motor fuel tax will rise to 26.3 cents per gallon, a 1.7 cent increase.

The Nebraska Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association says the tax relates to the Build Nebraska Act, a road funding bill that takes effect this year.

A ROAD FUNDING BILL THAT TAKES EFFECT THIS YEAR.

"It is a component of getting the motor fuel tax as an index to the whole sale price," executive director Tim Keigher.

The first half of the year the whole sale price was 14.3 cents. Starting July 3 it will rise to 14.4.

Keigher says the motor fuel tax is determined on what kind of road projects need to be done in the future and to ensure adequate funds.

"Simply the appropriations committee has a legislature that appropriate money for our infrastructure, roads, bridges, etc. If the money that is appropriated and the revenue sources are not generating that amount of money, then the motor fuel tax increases," he said.

Right now the average price per gallon of gas is $3.63 in Lincoln.

One man thinks Nebraskans are paying too much.

As far as I'm concerned, across the board, enough is enough, no more taxes," Mike Aden said.

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