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Border residents take advantage of gas tax disparity

Posted April 5, 2012

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— North Carolina's average gas price of $3.91 per gallon will cost drivers during holiday travel this Easter weekend. A year ago, the average in Raleigh was $3.64 per gallon. By the end of the month, prices could top out over $4 per gallon, according to AAA Carolinas.

But the price is not always equal on opposite sides of the North Carolina-South Carolina border. Drivers who cross the southern border of the state were paying an average of $3.73 per gallon Thursday.

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Those south of the Triangle get a bit of a break. The lowest gas price on record in North Carolina Thursday as $3.84 per gallon in Fayetteville.

AAA said the $4 mark is a psychological threshold. When prices surpass it, drivers will start changing travel plans and consider alternative forms of transportation.

Driver Lyn Autry doesn't like it, but finds it's not worth complaining.

"We can't get along without it. (Prices need) to be more reasonable, and who can explain why they're so high?" Autry said.

Driver James Dean said he doesn't pay attention to the pump. " I just get what I get out of it. I don't want to know, to tell you the truth," he said.


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  • cjw6105 Apr 6, 2012

    Just shows you what electing a state legislature that is pro-taxation can do to you.

    The Jones Street Specials have stedfastly refused to cap or lower the gasoline tax, let alone abolish it. And despite the fact that it's been raised bi-annually now for a decade, this hasn't stopped a push from the governor on down to slap a toll on I-95 from border to border.

    But these pols, in their quest for yet more revenue, will exclaim that their latest tax proposal is "only just a little bit" more.

    How are these collective "little bits" working out for you folks lately, especially those of you who are retired or unemployed? If you haven't had enough yet, by all means vote again for the party which has, essentially, controlled this state since Reconstruction.

  • ladyblue Apr 6, 2012

    Could it be our state taxes from nc add into this price difference.

  • ascherer Apr 6, 2012

    I work out of state, have family in SC and always fill up outside of NC if possible.

  • Nancy Apr 6, 2012

    Whenever I plan to leave the state traveling, I get just enough gas to hit the border, then fill up elsewhere. Same when I am returning, fill up before entering NC.

  • ncouterbanks69 Apr 6, 2012

    Go a little farther into SC and prices are even cheaper. You enter SC on I-85 at exit 106. Exit 75 has three large gas stations and always (at least the last three years) has the cheapest prices by a wide margin. The weird thing about SC is the prices can vary as much as $0.30/gallon which I think is unreal. However as much as I travel there exit 75 is better by far.

  • tayled Apr 6, 2012

    OK, this should give us a clue. How much $$$ areNC businesses close to the borders losing because we have such high gas taxes? Let's look at this a little closer. Convenince stores are losing business, they sell lottery tickets as well. People go across the borders to get gas, they get other things, tickets, and the list could go on. Extrapolate that for a minuite and put yourself in the shoes of a NC store owner near the border. How likely are you to hire new employees for your store if you are losing money to stores just across the border. See the impact of the gas tax now?

  • barky2 Apr 6, 2012

    "..and yet we have the worst roads in the nation". You've never lived in western PA then. The worst roads here are better than almost any road there. I never complain about the roads in this area.

  • miseem Apr 6, 2012

    Whenever I talk to friends and or relative in other states they talk junk about NC

    Don't think I'd call you for anything if that's you opinion of this state. Look at websites for any news outlet in any state in the country. Most of the posts lament how poorly run their state is, crooks are in charge, taxes are too high. Seems to be a nationwide trend to vie for the bottom in describing your home state. When they move, they say the same for their new home. Never happy, always complaining. I think your friends and relatives in other states are just parroting what you are telling them. Ask them about any gripes on the state they live in, I'm sure they can fill your ear with horror stories. If not, why are you still here and not in their paradise?

  • callme4avon Apr 6, 2012

    gas taxes stink in NC. Whenever I talk to friends and or relative in other states they talk junk about NC

  • Disabled Vet Apr 6, 2012

    It is a crying shame that N.C. has the highest gas taxes and yet we have the worst roads in the nation. Now, on top of high gas tax (which is supposed to pay for road maintenance) now they want to put up toll roads supposedly to pay for road maintenance but probably never will