NC gasoline tax change gets final legislative OK - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

NC gasoline tax change gets final legislative OK

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - North Carolina gasoline taxes wouldn't go down next month as expected, as a bill makes its way to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk.

The House gave final legislative approval Monday night to a Senate measure that would turn the current cap on the gasoline tax at 29.9 cents per gallon into a floor.  That means it could go no lower than 29.9 cents through the middle of 2011.

Perdue's office said the governor is expected to sign the bill into law.

Under the current law, state taxes at the pump won't go down 2 cents a gallon to 27.9 cents on July 1 as expected under the current law.

The tax is adjusted twice a year based on wholesale prices. Legislative analysts say the tax would go up to 30.4 cents in January if the bill becomes law.

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