Ky. gas tax to rise by 1.9 cents a gallon on July 1

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The tax on gasoline in Kentucky is going up next month.

The tax rate will go from 25.9 cents a gallon to 27.8 cents on July 1st, meaning motorists will pay 1.9 cents more per gallon.

Increases in the gas tax are the results of a 1980 law tying the state's gas tax to the average wholesale price of gasoline.

Greg Harkenrider, who is acting deputy executive director for the Governor's Office for Policy Research, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that an April survey showed an increase in the wholesale price of gas, hence the tax increase.

Although the tax changes often, the July increase will be one of the bigger hikes. Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe said the tax increased by 0.3 cents in January.

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