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New gas tax now in effect

Wednesday marked the first day of the state of Georgia’s newly imposed gas tax on its residents.
Gas prices were expected to rise around six cents per gallon in order to collect $900 million per year as a part of House Bill 170 that was passed earlier in the year.
The money collected for the new tax will go toward repairing roads throughout the state after Gov. Nathan Deal made transportation a priority. Georgia’s roads have slipped in national rankings from ninth to 13th since 2009.
The state moved from a 7.5-cent tax excise with a 4 percent sales tax to a 26-cent tax excise. Consumers should see a 6 or 7 cent bump in gas prices, sources within the Department of Transportation say.
Additionally, the money will be collected through a $5 per night hotel fee, as well as new fees for heavy trucks and a $200 fee for electric vehicles which will be collected annually.