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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(48) comments

Doc Sarvis

At $.0.4 the current increase translates to $0.80 more on a fill up of 20 gallons. I'm not wild about paying more for anything either but the angst so many feel here just cracks me up. The gas tax hasn't increased in 20 years but certainly the amount of roadway miles, the cost of materials and labor has so it stands to reason that it's going to take more money to maintain and improve our infrastructure. Don't buy an overpriced soda or bottle of water when you buy your gas and you'll still be ahead of the game.

machinehead666

Who couldn't see this coming? You voted for O'malley so this is what you get. O'malley needs more money to spend - what a surprise. Not a "gas tax" mind you ... this is a "roads improvement tax". Not raising the tax on gas - the government is just taking more of your money when you buy gas, but NO ... not a gas tax. We have the beer tax and the rain tax. Why not pony up more money for O'malley? I'm sure he will spend it wisely.

wvacountryroads

My solution is to drive less. One trip to town per week or less. Shopping is planed to maximize time , distance and fuel as well as sales. Online shopping is preferred for non grocery items as long as it is cost effective to do so. We drive less than 50 miles per week now. Just too bad that we have to drive out of this food desert to get groceries nearest grocery is 12 miles but no other stores or business that we shop at so it is a 42 mile RT to Westminster. W has far less traffic and all of my shopping is very close together not spread all over traffic creation like Frederick.
Yep folks spread the word to all we know outside MD that this clown has his sights on the White House that is the last person we need in there, the one in there now is bad enough we do not need to go backward.

sc2wvu

Some skimpy repairs (that we'll likely never see) to 15 IS NOT fair distribution to western MD. Sad state for the country when a crooked weasel can not only run a state into the ground w/o repercussion with his clueless plans, then actually have presidential hopes!

watson4sherlock

Here's all the Frederick County Maryland road repairs scheduled for 2013. Feel better now?

I-70
Limits: Bridge over MD 27
Work: Bridge deck sealing
Start Date: Summer 2013
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

I-70
Limits: Bridges over South Street
Work: Bridge replacement
Start Date: Spring 2011
Est. Comp: Summer 2013

US 15 (Catoctin Mountain Highway)
Limits: Motter Avenue Bridge
Work: Bridge replacement
Start Date: Spring 2012
Est. Comp: Fall 2014

MD 550 (Woodsboro Road)
Limits: Bridge over Israel Creek
Work: Bridge replacement
Start Date: Summer 2012
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

MD 140 (Taneytown Pike)
Limits: Bridge over Monocacy River
Work: Bridge replacement
Start Date: Summer 2012
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

MD 17 (Burkittsville Road)
Limits: Bridge over Potomac River
Work: Bridge repairs
Start Date: Spring 2013
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

Westbound MD 26 (Liberty Road)
Limits: Bridge over Monocacy River
Work: Cleaning/painting/preservation
Start Date: May 2013
Est. Comp: Summer 2013

I-70
Limits: US 15 to New Design Road
Work: Safety and resurfacing
Start Date: Spring 2013
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

I-70
Limits: Bridge over Bill Moxley Road
Work: Bridge deck sealing
Start Date: Summer 2013
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

I-70
Limits: Bridge over Catoctin Creek
Work: Bridge deck sealing
Start Date: Summer 2013
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

Catholic Church Road
Limits: Bridge over US 340
Work: Bridge pier sealing
Start Date: Summer 2013
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

St. Marks Road
Limits: Bridge over US 340
Work: Bridge pier sealing
Start Date: Summer 2013
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

MD 180 (Jefferson Pike)
Limits: Bridge over US 340
Work: Bridge pier sealing
Start Date: Summer 2013
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

Northbound US 15 (Catoctin Mountain Highway)
Limits: MD 26 (Liberty Road) to Angleberger Road
Work: Safety and resurfacing
Start Date: Spring 2013
Est. Comp: Fall 2013

See http://roads.maryland.gov/oc/RoadReady2013.pdf

sc2wvu

No, I don't. Based on those dates, those projects were projected long before this tax was approved, let alone revenue collected. So randomly listing road projects that are going on in no way support the distribution of the taxes. Secondly, I'm not just referring to Frederick Co., which is barely western MD. There is still plenty of area beyond here and beyond Hagerstown that won't get it's fair shake. Sure, everyone will get a little, but not in proportion to what the east will get.

vicdavy

I surveyed for Highway and Road work for many years and projects are surveyed ,designed and engineered for years before there is funding for
construction. Need and funding go hand and hand. For those who don't want to maintain infrastructure get a horse or walk,because until we develop the "Transporter Unit" we need to maintain and upgrade. So keep buying the gas guzzling pickups and SUVs that you don't need so we who are conservation minded can drive on your roads.

chesapeakecountry

Can you provide a breakdown of the funding for these projects? What percentage of each is federally, state, and locally funded?

usgov

This gas hike is the result of spineless politicians unable to rein in spending.

kjswartz

Yeah - what you said! Forget those highway workers getting paid $7.50/hr. Go after the gutless politicians! People should be THANKFUL to have a minimum wage gubermint job.

At least I think you meant to say that.

stevem90999

Some of these liberals keep belly aching to me about what am I complaining about? We haven't had a gas tax increase in 21 years! Yeah? Well, we wouldn't haven't needed a gas tax increase this year, either, if certain liberal politicians in Annapolis hadn't "embezzled" state government funds from one ledger in the budget to another to support their failing pet projects!

vmdigioia

Those same politicians eat their young -- so what do they care --"what difference does it make?!"

puddintane245

3.4cent per gallon

chesapeakecountry

for starters....many more step increases to follow.

frdscks

Don't mention VA.........You'll give em more Ideas......They have that property tax thing....... next thing you know Marty'll take it upon himself to start taxing .........whatever he deems taxable....Breaths of air... clouds in the sky...... raindrops.....you name it!

vmdigioia

"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."

Both Ron and Galen have gone off the grid -- fearful of the reprisal from Frederick County voters.

Who would have thought that both Ron and Galen could be so 'transparent'?

president8444

how does very rich Va have prices at least 70 cents a gallon cheaper ,ours 3.44 theirs 2.72 ,72 cents cheaper for the same gas?? oh these demmies do charge us lucy lucy., no comment from lucy and dems today.

Common Tater

What in the world are you talking about? The average price in Virginia today is $3.359. In Maryland (probably before the tax), it's $3.459. That's 10 cents, not 70.

See http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp

recordhigh

Shhhh... We want the feeble brains posting here to leave Maryland and move to Virginia, their ideological homeland, freeing MD once and for all from their defective world view.

Actually, say what you want, they are immune to "factual" information anyway--it's all a conspiracy, you know.

chesapeakecountry

http://www.wilcohess.com/StoreHome/621 $2.74 a gallon.

Common Tater

That seems to be out of date. Maybe the store closed, and it's an old link? If you go to the main Hess site and search all the stores in Virginia, it doesn't show up in the list. And all the others show prices between $3.16 and $3.39. Cheap, but not $2.72.

chesapeakecountry

Found it on the cheap gas search site today... Who knows maybe outdated or maybe not.

kjswartz

Halifax VA - 135 miles away.

Yeah - you go for it buddy. Bring me back a pint.

frdscks

No Potholes on Rockwell terrace !

infrederick

Hmmm 4 cents per gallon. I think that will be unnoticeable given the regular ups and downs 10 times that much as gas stations respond to changes in the price of oil. However I do notice the huge potholes in the streets that need to be fixed.

Wayo44Mag

Get used to it !!!!! .... As long as the people in this state keep on voting for Democrats this is what you will get !!!

watson4sherlock

They talk about the gas tax. But it's what they don't talk about that will get you.

Rate Increase - Statewide and Regional

Effective July 1, 2013, the Retail Sales and Use Tax rate for most purchases will increase to 5.3 percent statewide. In addition to the statewide increase, there is a 0.7 percent increase in the localities that make up the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads regions. The tax on purchases of qualifying food for home consumption remains unchanged.

Similarly, the Vending Machine Sales Tax rate will increase to 7 percent in the localities that make up the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads regions, and 6.3 percent throughout the rest of Virginia.

These rate increases are the result of the state sales tax increasing 0.3 percent statewide, with an additional 0.7 percent increase in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Local sales tax remains 1 percent statewide.

See http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=changesandupdates

shiftless88

What does sales tax in VA have to do with this topic? Or are you saying that red states bump up taxes, too (they just keep it quiet)?

watson4sherlock

Going to Virginia to buy gas? What is the slurpee going to cost? Gotcha!

jmartin

getting worse all the time.

puddintane245

The rhetoric of MOM and company do not manifest itself in their actions. This tax, along with the increase in sales tax when this group first went into office is an extremely REGRESSIVE tax. Slamming the poorest and those most likely to be unable to avoid paying it. A greater percent of their income will be taken, than from the "rich".

The money collected here will be disproportionately spent on the Baltimore/ Montgomery county areas, funding mass transit ,the the rural population which is forced to pay more of it, will receive little.

The transportation trust fund, would be sufficeintly funded without this increase had it not been raided by the democrats in Annapolis. Well over a BILLION $$$$$.

Another instance where the taxpayers of Maryland will have to pay to fund the incompetent state government hell bent on converting Maryland into the California of the east, which by the way they are doing a very good job. Without the Federal capital so close to spend so much money Maryland would already be collapsing. But the sequester will reduce that spigot soon.

fnplurker1

The Exxon in Urbana bumped their prices .25 cents per gallon yesterday. The guy inside said it was because of the new tax.

I have two problems with this.

1. The tax didn't take effect till today (Monday)
2. The price increase should not have exceeded .04 cents.

I will be buying my 75 gallons per week elsewhere from now on! What a way to screw over a loyal customer....sheeeeeesh.

shiftless88

This is similar to reactions to "Obamacare". The opponents point to business decisions being made long before it takes effect and blame it on that.

watson4sherlock

Well gee the guy had to change his sign. Shouldn't he get something for that.

recordhigh

I stopped going there years ago, in addition to being randomly really expensive on some days, their pumps were frequently out of gas, broken, and filthy (to the point that I didn't want to touch them) ... how hard/expensive is it to get someone out there with soap, water and a sponge to clean the pumps? It seemed like they didn't care much about their customers.

frdscks

siix001......... You are right !..... and I wish you the best in leaving...... anywhere is better than ''Nowhereville U.S.A.............. Joe Parsley is a longtime buisnessman at his location i'd venture to say he's seen it all .........and he's just another hardworking longstanding person in the community ''That Does'nt Understand"" why these folks are doing what they're doing......... ''Or Not doing.............

xroads1213

So we are bailing out OMalley? He is the one who stole the transportation money. He should have to pay it back out of his own pockets - or be thrown in jail - or better yet be strung up in the town square like the common thief he is.

usgov

Obviously the state didn't spend enough to teach president how to construct a paragraph.

fredneckforever

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Upton Golfer

What?

chesapeakecountry

Oh they spent it alright.....

president8444

Lucy lucy hereis what your dems did to us.Spend Md lotto money freely , spend casino money a new event and waste plus raised taxes on gas and increased tolls too. Your demmies in charge too. Now crow old hen or rooster.Blaine much better then your spender O'Malley and Ron and galen ,your kind to back up.Lucy lucy quiet and hiding now,tax and spend demmies of yours again.

hescominsoon

The representation isn't the issue..the issue is the electorate who keeps putting nearly the same folks in office each cycle. I have not voted for a single person currently in office this cycle nor the previous 3. With our state gov't wanting to model itself after the feds it's not surprising they took this approach.
http://hcs.hescominsoon.com/archives/5423

There was the huge push for more fuel efficient vehicles..they got it..now with us using less fuel they have less money. What is the the fix? Raise gas taxes of course..kinda defeats the purpose of fuel efficiency.

shiftless88

Not at all! The purpose of fuel efficiency is to use less gas, and therefore less oil. That is an end in itself, not just the dollar savings (though relative to gas hogs the fuel sippers will still pay less). From that perspective raising taxes on gas (which is WAY overdue) works towards the same end.

president8444

Lucy lucy where is your praise of the demmies of yours who passed this tax increase.Blame Bush agajn dunce.

usgov

This tax hike disproportionately punishes rural Marylanders partly because we have ineffective representation in Annapolis.

siix001

One more year and I'm out of this pathetic state and town. This state is no way worth the price and taxes I pay to live here.

sodalite3

It will be just a little less "pathetic" with you gone. Thanks for your altruistic sacrifice for the rest of us![smile]

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