North Augusta, SC – Gas could be going up in one of the cheapest places to fill up in the country. The discussion was first on the table last year in the South Carolina State legislature, but Governor Nikki Haley refused to raise the gas tax back then. She threatened to veto any hike in the gas tax unless the state’s income tax was reduced. Since then, roads have been made worse with historic flooding just a few months ago.
Gas is about $1.50 at Greg’s Gas Plus near I-20 in North Augusta, but GasBuddy.com has you paying at least a dime more in Georgia. The states roles could reverse just to help fix roads.
“I was mad,” Missy Clary said while laughing about her mishap on road in the Palmetto State.
Her wallet has 50 buck less in it too, thanks to a surprise in the road.
“It was full of water. I didn’t see it and I hit it and it ripped my ripped my tire open and I had to buy a new tire,” she said.
Diana Hall has that same problem.
“Every time you hit it with your tire I’m just praying I don’t have to go see a mechanic,” Hall said.
Along with federal money to fix road damage left behind by last fall’s flooding, the state of South Carolina will soon fork over $49 Million to help pay repairs. Damages from the historic natural event prompted lawmakers to take a second look at getting the gas tax proposal to Gov. Haley’s desk, with a signature this time.
Hall is actually in support of higher gas prices.
“Anything about the tax always sounds negative, but I really feel that we do have roads that do need help,” she said.
The cheapest gas in the country can be found right here in the Palmetto State, drawing customers from not only right here at home, but nearby Georgia and Florida. Right now, there’s a nearly 17 cents per gallon tax on gas. Two proposals could increase it even more. The House proposal raises gas in the Peach State by 10 cents, allocating $400 Million for roads. A Senate proposal takes it up 12 cents, with $700 Million for roads.
Elsie Hinton fills up an 8 gallon smart car for a steal, but she too welcomes the spike.
“At Five Notch Road, every time it rains that asphalt or whatever it washes away and you’ve got a hole just about every time,” Hinton said.
Mike Hooper also doesn’t mind spending more at the pump if it means a smooth ride for him and his child.
“Bumpy roads, if you have a kid, which I have a newborn right now, and he goes to sleep and you hit a big bump in the road it will wake him up,” he said.
Added to the gas tax would be an increase in vehicle fees too.