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State "gas tax" will go up in July

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Come July, you could notice gas prices a little higher, but officials say roads could become safer because of it.

The state "gas tax" will increase by 2.4 cents starting July 1. The increase is based on the average wholesale price of gas and diesel going up in the previous quarter, between January and April.

Officials say the "gas tax" increase is going to bring in an extra $70,000,000 in tax revenue. That money will go towards constructing and maintaining the roads.

"People do like to have decent roads and bridges to travel across. They like to know the bridges are safe. They like their highways to be as straight and smooth as possible and all that takes money. And that's where all of this goes," said Chuck Wolfe with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Some folks buying gas say an increase in gas prices would be worth it.

"I'd love to not see them increase but if it's to help something else out that we need, go ahead," said Shirley McIntyre, who lives in Airport Gardens.

"As long as the money actually goes toward the road and new development, as a truck driver I guess that would be appropriate. I wouldn't have too big of a problem with that," said William Roark of Big Creek.

Others say gas prices going up is the last thing some folks need.

"If they got families, or two or three kids, it's bad," said Opal Morris, who lives in Happy.

Officials say after the "gas tax" increases on July 1, it will not increase again for at least another year.

Next month's "gas tax" increase will be the first one since July of last year.

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