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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Socialism in the Heartland? Kentucky Town Opens City Gas Station to the Public

Certainly this comes across as a glorious concession by government. But, when has a government ever given you something for less? Unless they take it from someone else, they can't. We suspect Kentuckians are getting set up for an even larger fleece albeit from a different pocket. Author Noel Brinkerhoff has set the table for us below to connect the dots.

Kentucky right now has one of the largest state gas taxes in the South, and in the country.

If gas is presently $3.10 at Somerset, Kentucky 's fuel depot whereby the equivalent price/gal. is 60 cents higher at private competitive pumps, how can that be? It is so because the propaganda compares apples to oranges, the $3.10 is no tax to govt vehicles whereby the tax on "free market" gas is 32 cents. So, by Somerset being 'able' through 'cost-efficiencies' were led to believe to tack on 30 cts/gal. to say, $3.40, they'll still be under the market value price by 30 cts. Voila! More taxes for less paid by you. Why wouldn't Somerset, and all levels of government just starting hacking off their bloat and discontinue all taxes!! Ethical...maybe, moral, no. Ask them, not us. 

What other government anti-competitive scams await us?

Socialism in the Heartland? Kentucky Town Opens City Gas Station to the Public 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Hot rod gathering in Somerset
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Gas prices in the area have averaged $3.74 a gallon, while the city’s fueling depot sells for $3.10. The city purchases its petroleum from a local refinery, which reduces transportation costs and allows it to undercut private sellers.

Somerset will begin offering the cut-rate fuel once it installs new pumps at the city center. The rate will be based on calculating the average price of gasoline sold in towns within a 50-mile radius of Somerset.

“We will have 10 different nozzles (pumps) in a kiosk,” George Wilson, the town’s economic development business coordinator, told the Commonwealth Journal. “An attendant will be on duty, probably from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., maybe later, to allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. Gasoline will be available at the pumps 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using credit cards.”

It was a pricing feud between Somerset officials and private fuel distributors that motivated the city to take the action. Many in the town have complained that its gas prices are generally 20 to 30 cents higher than those in surrounding cities and across the state.

-Noel Brinkerhoff
To Learn More:
City Preparing Public Gas Station (by Bill Mardis, Commonwealth Journal)

Source AllGov