Georgia's gas prices to rise 6 cents today

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ATLANTA — Beginning July 1st, Georgia’s new gas tax will take effect to pay for an ambitious and comprehensive transportation and road construction campaign.
According to AAA, this will cost commuters between 6 and 7 cents per gallon. It’s a part of a bill passed earlier this year to collect  $900-million dollars a year for transportation in Georgia.
With the new month, comes the first Georgia gas tax increase, since 1971. “What you see with HB-170 is really a dedication by our legislature to say we need better for Georgia,” says Natalie Dale, with Georgia DOT.
The federal Highway Trust Fund continues to shrink, with no long term solution in place. “We plan many years ahead and it’s hard to plan projects that will make a difference in Georgia when we’re not sure if we can rely on that federal funding,” explains Dale.
Since 2009, Georgia has slipped from the state with the 9th best road conditions to 13th on that list. At the beginning of the year, Governor Nathan
Deal made transportation a priority. The new money will help with a long backlog of maintenance
“We’re going to focus a lot of these funds on things people want us to do, we know they need us to do; re-striping, resurfacing, littler pick up, trimming back some of those lower hanging trees, mowing. We’re going to make our state beautiful again and address some of those safety issues,” she explain.

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