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Governor extends gas tax suspension, local gas prices among nation’s lowest

Georgians will have at least another month to enjoy slightly lower gas prices, by order of the governor.

Last week, Gov. Brian Kemp extended the suspension of the collection of the gas tax until Sept. 12. This is the third extension of the original executive order. The previous order had been set to expire at the end of this week.

The gas tax in Georgia is 29.1 cents per gallon. By suspending that tax, Georgians have been able to fill up with some of the lowest gas prices in the country.

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As of Monday afternoon, GasBuddy showed that most stations in the Augusta area were selling gas between $3.41 and $3.46 per gallon, with a few as high as $3.59 and Costco down to $3.15. The state average in Georgia is $3.60, ranked seventh-lowest in the country. South Carolina’s state average is $3.56, the nation’s third-lowest.

GasBuddy has charted the change in gas prices over the past two years.

The national average on Monday was $4 per gallon, down slightly more than a dollar from its peak on June 13. A year ago in August, the national average was around $3.15, and two years ago, it was around $2.12.

Also last week, Kemp renewed his State of Emergency order regarding supply chain disruptions, also until Sept. 12. This order prohibits price gouging and sets limits on vehicles working to overcome the disruptions.

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