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SC drivers pay more in pennies per gallon at the pump

Anyone fueling-up at a South Carolina gas pump is paying more in tax. (Source: WISTV) Anyone fueling-up at a South Carolina gas pump is paying more in tax. (Source: WISTV)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Anyone fueling-up at a South Carolina gas pump is paying more in tax.

As of July 1, 2018, the second 2-cents-per-gallon increase of six took effect. That means tax is 4-cents-per-gallon higher than it was when the 'Motor Fuel User Act' was passed in 2017.

It will continue to increase until 2022, with a 12-cents-per-gallon hike. 

The money is paying for road repairs across the state. The Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has a 10-year plan they're actively fulfilling, according to SCDOT Spokesman Pete Poore.

Poore says for drivers to expect a few things on the roads, "they’re going to see more work zones. They’re going to see more contractor’s crews. They’re going to see more DOT crews out making improvements all along the roads.” 

“When the gas tax hits its maximum point, there should be a lot of work going on, but that work will continue in the four years remaining in the 10-year plan," Poore adds.

There are four major things the gas tax is funding: resurfacing, interstate widening, rural road safety improvements, and replacing bridges. 

Chapin neighbors along R.B. Baker Drive told WIS-TV on Wednesday they believe the gas tax increase is worth it. The residential road was recently repaved. 

“I don’t think 2 cents is going to send anyone to the poor house," Eldridge Hewitt said, “you can see some improvement with the 2-cent gas tax.”

“I think it’s well worth every cent if they’re going to put all of that tax money back into our roads," Darrell Austin said. 

He added that he hopes the improvements continue.

"Driving back to my hometown in Union, the roads are awful. You know, it’s you’re taking your life into your own hands especially going up some of the back roads," Austin said. 

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