Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Gas stations work with group on anti-VRE effort
Some gas stations you may have noticed have signs that say gas prices are going up 5.2 cents Feb. 15 because the county board joined VRE. When you join VRE, the locality starts a 2.1 percent gas tax on wholesale gasoline.
This group is assisting the gas station owners with the effort. The Virginia Petroleum, Convenience and Grocery Association contacted me last week to see if I was interested in running the story on this 5.2 cent increase. I said sure, but I need some proof that this is not some stunt because I’ve seen enough proof in my own daily travels that VRE didn’t seem to have an effect on gas prices. I have found gas cheaper in Stafford than in Spotsy before, and the reverse. If a station decides to increase the price of gas 5.2 cents, and the station across the street doesn’t do that, then it seems like someone might lose business, right?
So, I will be beating around numbers trying to figure out how this gas tax really works. I’ve already had a few legislators tell me that this gas tax does not have a real impact on the actual price at the pumps.