Gov. Deal suspends gasoline tax increase

by AP

alt

According to the order, the governor has the power to suspend the collection of a tax until the next meeting of the General Assembly.


ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order preventing a hike in state taxes on gasoline.

Deal said in a statement Tuesday the tax increase scheduled to go into effect July 1 is being suspended to eliminate financial burdens on Georgia taxpayers and businesses. Deal signed the order suspending the increase on Friday.

The Georgia Department of Revenue sets the state's motor fuel tax in January and July based on an average of prices. Deal says since January, the average price of a gallon of gas has increased by about 45 cents, which would have translated to a roughly 15 percent tax increase.

According to the order, the governor has the power to suspend the collection of a tax until the next meeting of the General Assembly.



More Local

250 students affected

Homelessness ‘vicious cycle that’s going to continue’

The economy has bounced back from the lows of a few years ago. The housing market is healthy, and the jobless rate has improved. But, for so ... Read More


Annual Sunrise on the Square Road Race a success

The annual Sunrise on the Square included ideal weather and a first-time winner who actually pushed his baby in a stroller. The race, hosted ... Read More


HealthSouth facility scheduled to open Dec. 2

Progress for HealthSouth’s new facility is on track for a Dec. 2 opening, which will add to the town’s growing collection of hea ... Read More


Subsidized medical center proposed for Senoia

Palmetto Health Council is applying for a grant to bring a subsidized medical clinic to Coweta, proposed for the Senoia area. The non-profit ... Read More


Economic Impact

Ports hit new record

The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 3 million 20-foot equivalent container units in fiscal year 2014 – and set a new record fo ... Read More

Maternity home on zoning board’s agenda

Decisions on a proposed “maternity home” for pregnant teens, expanded outdoor seating for a proposed downtown restaurant, and al ... Read More