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Average Price Of Gas Up 32 Cents In N.C.

Posted April 11, 2005 11:18 a.m. EDT

— The average price of a gallon of gasoline in North Carolina has gone up by about 32 cents in the past month.

According to the Charlotte-based travel group, AAA of the Carolinas, the average price in the state was more than $2.23 cents a gallon at the end of last week.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Beverly Brown, a Triangle-area motorist. "I hate to look over at the gas station because it seems like I leave home and by the time I get back home, it has gone up 5 cents."

Last month, the average price was about $1.91. A year ago, the average price was about $1.70 cents, 54 cents less than the current price.

Today's price includes taxes of 45 cents a gallon, of which 26.6 cents goes to the state and the rest to the feds.

Officials believe in July, the gas tax is likely to increase a penny or two because a protion of the state gas taxis based on the average wholesale price of gasoline.

State Sen. Dan Clodfelter of Mecklenburg County, has filed a bill that would cap the gasoline tax at 27.6 cents per gallon.