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Californians will soon be paying more at the pump. That’s because the second in a wave of gasoline taxes brought on by SB 1 goes into effect July 1st.

Posted: Jun 21, 2019 11:30 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2019 10:36 AM

YREKA, Calif. -- Californians will soon be paying more at the pump. That’s because the second in a wave of gasoline taxes brought on by SB 1 goes into effect July 1st.

NewsWatch 12 spoke to people in Siskiyou County about the tax.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Sacramento resident Leronne Wagner. She was stopping in Yreka to get gas before heading to Medford.

In SB 1, gas went up 12 cents in November 2017. It will go up again in a few weeks by 5.6 cents.

“It feels like it’s happening really fast,” said Yreka man Steve Limkenan. “I can understand a slow roll out for improvement programs but it’s a bit fast for my preferences. "Prices go up. You have to keep living but it's not easy."

The money generated from the gas taxes are meant to help fix the state’s roads, bridges and improve transportation. The people NewsWatch 12 spoke to weren’t so convinced the money will actually go where it is supposed to.

“They don’t spend it where they say they’re going to spend it,” added Wagner.

Some said they’d just drive a little further north for cheaper gas.

“I’d much rather go across the border and full up in Oregon if I can but I’d much rather go fill up down the street,” said Limkenan.
These taxes are projected to add more than $5 Billion to transportation funding.

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