State fuel tax to increase; Crist proposes tax holiday

by | Nov 18, 2021


 

Beginning Jan. 1st, 2022, the statewide tax rate on fuel will be increased from 18.5 cents per gallon to 19 cents per gallon.

With the increase affecting both motor fuel and diesel gas, aviation fuel will remain at a tax of 4.27 cents per gallon.  In addition to the 19 cents per gallon of state fuel taxes collected at the loading rack, terminal suppliers must collect a minimum local option fuel tax of 14.3 cents, a pollutants tax of 2.071 cents, and an inspection fee of 0.125 cents on each gallon of gas sold to licensed wholesalers.

Though small drops in price have intermittently occurred over the past two weeks, the average cost for a gallon of gas in Florida is currently $3.34, a $1.15 per gallon increase since the start of the year. Rising gas prices have been a point of concern for Floridians, as consumers are faced this year with the highest gas prices since 2014.

The most expensive counties for gas as of Nov. 18th are Jefferson ($3.43 per gallon), Liberty County ($3.41 per gallon), and Taylor County ($3.40 per gallon).

Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist proposed a ‘Gas Tax Holiday’ that would save 26.5 cents per gallon at the pump through the end of 2021, according to a release from the congressman’s office.

Crist’s proposal would be funded by tapping into Florida’s reserve funds as well as the nation’s strategic petroleum oil reserve.

“Floridians are being squeezed by outrageous gas prices and it’s not right. I’m calling for a Gas Tax Holiday through the end of 2021 that will:  Put a short-term freeze on FL’s gas tax, save Floridians 26.5¢/gal, and be paid for by our state’s billions-strong rainy day fund,” said Crist on Twitter.

For 2021, Florida is the 11th most expensive state for fuel taxes, though with the increase the state may surpass Michigan at 10th.

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