Georgia is increasing the amount of money drivers in the state will have to pay at the pump to help pay for transportation projects, Atlanta television station WSB reports.
The Georgia General Assembly has approved legislation to increase the state’s gas tax to 26 cents per gallon starting July 1, according to the report. The measure would replace an existing 19-cents-per-gallon sales tax with a fuel levy that would be dedicated solely to transportation projects.
The additional money for Georgia road projects will be collected on top of an 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax that is charged to all drivers in the nation’s to fill the federal government’s transportation funding coffers.
The American Petroleum Institute says the gas tax increase will keep the total amount of money that drivers in Georgia are charged at the pump to more than 46 cents per gallon because it will be offset by the elimination of other excise taxes.