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Gas Tax Takes Effect Today

Beginning today, twelve cents out of every gallon of gas you buy will be going to the state in the form of a new tax. The purpose is to fund road and highway projects. The tax passed the legislature back in April, and at that time, Nevada County Transportation Commission Executive Director Dan Landon told KNCO the money would mean millions for the Nevada County…

Listen to Dan Landon

According to a report by the League of California Cities, over the next ten years, the county would get 38 million dollars, the City of Grass Valley would get about three million and Nevada City would receive 750-thousand dollars. With a new tax, though. as you can imagine, not everybody is happy about it…

Listen to Bob Hren 1

Nevada County Republican Party Chair Bob Hren says already existing gas taxes were supposed to be for roads, but had instead been put into the general fund, and he says there’s no guarantee that won’t happen again with the new tax. Meanwhile, efforts continue to repeal the tax in the form of a ballot initiative next year. Right now, Hren says, an argument over the proposed ballot language is tied up in court…

Listen to Bob Hren 2

The tax on diesel goes up 20 cents a gallon, and the legislation will also raise vehicle registration fees, but not until January. If you use one 13-gallon tank of gas a week, the tax would amount to just over 80 dollars a year.

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