Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is calling on state lawmakers to give motorists some relief at the pump through a gas tax exemption.
The state now charges 18.5 cents a gallon on gasoline and diesel purchases. The tax rate is adjusted annually based on the national consumer price index.
Another 8 cents are levied through the State Comprehensive Enhanced Transportation System tax rate.
The petrol and diesel tariffs total 26.5 cents.
The Florida Department of Revenue has announced an increase of 0.58 cents for the start of the year.
Inflation is a real problem for hard working families across Florida.
So I’m calling on lawmakers to provide $ 1 billion in gas tax relief to ease some of the financial burdens on our families. pic.twitter.com/LDbY7UlwBE
– Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) November 23, 2021
Possible gas tax relief
Five weeks before the expected tax hikes, DeSantis announced that it would seek a six-month gas tax exemption.
He says the relief is necessary to offset rising fuel prices.
“Gas prices have risen due to inflationary pressures from bad federal policies, so here in Florida we need to move up and bring relief to our citizens,” DeSantis said in a press release.
The tax vacation is said to bring more than $ 1 billion in gas tax relief. He says it would save the average Florida family up to $ 200.
DeSantis didn’t set a date for the start of discharge, but said it would work with state lawmakers on details. A reduction in the diesel tax was not included in the proposal.
The topic can be dealt with during the regular 2022 session.
H3: Jacksonville councilor suggests similar relief plan
A proposal in the largest city in the state of Florida would also provide for gas tax relief.
Jacksonville City Councilor Leanna Cumber has passed an emergency bill to repeal a proposed gas tax hike that is expected to raise $ 1 billion over 30 years.
The city was approved earlier this year and is poised to double the local gas tax from 6 cents to 12 cents on January 1, 2022.
In May, Cumber voted against the tax rate hike among a handful of councilors.
A majority of the 14 city councilors would be required to reverse the tax increase. If approved, the tax relief would not come into effect until 2023. NS