Knoxville businesses say gas tax increase could mean more costs

Knoxville businesses say gas tax increase could mean more costs for them

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AAA says Knoxville's average gas price is $3.38, up 10 cents from this time last year, and many people say they are tired of seeing costs continue to go up. AAA says Knoxville's average gas price is $3.38, up 10 cents from this time last year, and many people say they are tired of seeing costs continue to go up.
The idea of an increase in the gas tax that could up prices about 12 cents over the next two years is not what drivers want to hear. The idea of an increase in the gas tax that could up prices about 12 cents over the next two years is not what drivers want to hear.
The Flower Pot florist in North Knoxville averages about 30 deliveries a day, which means about 70 gallons of gas per week. The Flower Pot florist in North Knoxville averages about 30 deliveries a day, which means about 70 gallons of gas per week.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Tennessee senator is backing a plan to raise the gas tax, and a lot of people are not happy about it. Senator Bob Corker is joining with Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy in a plan that would add 12 cents to the fuel tax over the next two years.That would push taxes up on gasoline to more than 30 cents and taxes on diesel fuel to more than 36 cents.

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"I'm going to Kentucky right now so it's going to be at least about 60 dollars to get there and back. Prices is high. I think the gas is high. It's really high," said Heather Smith.

AAA says Knoxville's average gas price is $3.38, up 10 cents from this time last year, and many people say they are tired of seeing costs continue to go up.

"It makes me not want to do more extracurricular stuff because I can't afford it. I mean the gas is too high," said Emily Stephens.

The idea of an increase in the gas tax that could up prices about 12 cents over the next two years is not what they want to hear.

"I really don't think they need to increase it because we already pay a lot for the gas," said Stephens.

The Flower Pot florist in North Knoxville averages about 30 deliveries a day.

"Unlike your pizza delivery where there's a Dominos on every corner, there's just us, so we go all over town every day," said Mary Beth Reagan.

Reagan says that means about 70 gallons of gas per week for them, so upping those costs is a scary thought.

"That was my first thought. I was like no! Gas is really expensive as it is," she said.

The proposed plan says the gas tax revenue will be used to help fund several highway programs which some believe could offset the costs.

"It could potentially pay off. I think it just depends all on how it's handled, and hopefully they can get something through congress," said Reagan.

The gas tax plan also calls for offsetting the increases with other tax cuts.

Senators say that could be done by extending some federal tax breaks that expired this year, but they say they are open to other suggestions.

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