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Folks in one county ask if they're paying more for gas

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Drivers in Pulaski County say they are constantly paying more to fill up than folks in neighboring counties. Now Somerset leaders want gas stations to explain how they set the price.

In just a few weeks Somerset city council members hope to put the debate to rest. They've requested that local gas station owners attend the next city council meeting to explain exactly how they determine their gas prices. City attorney Carrie Wiese says it can be confusing especially since gas prices fluctuated for a variety of reasons. "The gas price you see now is really not reflective of the current crude oil price. It's reflective of the contracts and past contracts and past prices of crude oil."

Gas station owner Bill Hamilton explains that the cost is directly impacted by how much they pay per gallon and that cost can vary depending on a number of circumstances. "Why is the cost higher here than in other places? Well for one thing we have to truck it in from either Knoxville or Louisville or Lexington so by the time you ship it to Lexington we are not going to have the same prices as Lexington or anyone else around us cause when you truck it here you have to pay the diesel and driver to get here."

That Somerset city council meeting is September 12 at 7:00 PM.

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