Somerset taking steps to battle rising gas prices

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT)- A southern Kentucky town is now taking drastic steps to battle rising gas prices.
Next month, the city of Somerset will open to the public the station it has used to fuel city-owned vehicles for years.

According to Eddie Girdler, the Mayor of Somerset, this move will help give people a more affordable option than gas companies are offering.

"They're just simply ripping off the public, and they're doing it because of greed," he said.

The city will purchase the fuel from a local refinery and price it 15 to 20 cents below whatever commercial stations are charging.

"And what we're going to do is do our job, which means, why shouldn't we deal with high gas prices? It's something that affects the quality of life" Girdler said.

Compared to Louisville, gas in Somerset is a relative bargain at around $3.79 per gallon.

However, customers say it's almost always more expensive there than in the surrounding communities.

"It's a lot higher than the rest of the places that are 25 to 30 miles from here. Most of the time, they're much cheaper," said a Somerset resident.

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