Today is the day.
Maryland's gas tax will increase about 4 cents per gallon today in an effort to refill transportation fund coffers.
Some gas station owners in Frederick are concerned that their businesses will be hit hard as overall pump prices increase.
A sign outside Joe Parsley's Shell station at 1275 West Patrick St. criticizes Del. Galen Clagett and state Sen. Ron Young for supporting the bill.
Parsley was specifically upset that the bill that passed the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year calls for automatic tax increases unless the assembly votes against them.
"It's an ever-growing tax," he said.
The bill is set to raise the state gas tax 12.1 cents a gallon by July 2015.
It is designed to fund highway and public transit projects, but Parsley was skeptical the money would benefit Western Maryland.
The state planned to set aside some of the funds for improvements on U.S. 15 in Frederick.
Parsley hoped Clagett and Young would lead the charge to fight the portion of the bill that allows the tax to increase without a vote.
"I don't understand why these gentlemen would vote to harm their constituents," he said.
Parsley and Dave Beall, owner of the Rosemont Service Station, said drivers will go out of state to fuel up when Maryland's prices are higher than the surrounding areas.
"It's going to make it that much harder to compete," Parsley said.
Beall saw people start to cross the state line to buy cigarettes after Maryland raised the cigarette tax in 2007.
His cigarette sales dropped by half, he said, and he worries that his gas sales will also plummet.
The owners also questioned the fairness of taxing gas when the wealthy can afford newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
"The people that have to drive are subsidizing the guy with a newer car with better gas mileage," Parsley said.
Despite all the complaints and concerns the gas station owners had about the tax, and they had many, few of the drivers fueling up at the Shell station even knew when it was going into effect.
Vicki Fortinper, of Jefferson, said increased gas costs would affect her budget. The timing was bad because she is planning to move to Baltimore.
She seemed to be taking the increase in stride, though. When asked how she might adjust her spending, she said, "I don't know. It depends."
David Harrison, a Frederick resident, was at the station fueling up a low gas-mileage Suburban.
He was quick to point out that it wasn't his car; he works at a car dealership and was just delivering it.
"People that are buying cars like this aren't worried about buying gas," he said.
Harrison added that the tax increase would keep him from buying a car like a Suburban himself.
He regularly drives a Subaru, but he walks and bikes when he can, he said, in part to save on gas costs.
"Everything keeps going up except our pay," he said.
Scheduled road closures:
1. One lane in front of 411 Culler Ave. is scheduled to be closed between today and July 14, excluding July 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
2. One lane on Baughman’s Lane between West Patrick Street and 999 Baughman’s Lane is scheduled to be closed between Monday and July 12, excluding July 4, from 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
3. The lane in front of 114 East Church St. between Maxwell Avenue and North Carroll Street will be closed Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Note: The dates and times of closures are for planning purposes only. Road crews may work at different times or dates.
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