Businesses Respond to Gas Tax Suspension in Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed a bill to suspend the state’s gasoline tax until the end of May.

Here’s a look at today’s gas prices in both states. The average price in Georgia is $4.22 and $4 in South Carolina. The national average of $4.27 per gallon.

When can we expect to see this drop at the pumps?

Now that he’s signed it, it will probably take a few days for prices to change. It’s like the last time we saw the gas tax suspended when the colonial pipeline was shut down. This time it will be for more than two months. We spoke to a lawn care company who says this bill will be a sigh of relief.

Summer is fast approaching and for Green Lawn Care of Georgia, gas is a necessity.

“We use 93 in everything,” said Faheem Blair, owner.

Blair says they tend to 12 to 15 lawns a day using gasoline for their equipment and trucks, and in the summer that doubles.

“We probably stocked up like twice a week. It was like $50 to fill the truck. The truck we drive now costs about $120 to fill,” he said.

Researchers say rising fuel costs and high inflation could cost the average household an extra $2,000 a year, so relief is needed.

“One hundred percent. We need everything. Anything will help,” Blair said.

People are feeling the burden of high gasoline prices affecting their daily lives.

“It reduced our profits a lot,” Blair said.

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