Local Gas Prices Are Out of Kilter
In the Sunday, Jan. 1, Pilot, Frank McNeill of McNeill Oil Company was quoted as offering advice to people to fill up their automobiles prior to the onset of the increased state tax on gasoline and the elimination of the federal subsidy on ethanol.
The impact on the residents of our area will be even greater because of the consistently higher prices for gasoline in our market compared with the rest of the state. As a 10-year resident of Pinehurst, I have been perplexed why this is so. I make several trips to Raleigh each month and to Charlotte less frequently, and the price of gasoline becomes decidedly cheaper about 15 miles from our area.
On Dec. 18, I purchased premium grade fuel in Raleigh for 32 cents a gallon less than was being charged in Southern Pines. When I travel to Charlotte and pass through Albemarle, the prices are consistently cheaper and remain so all the way to Charlotte.
I have several neighbors who travel throughout the state, and they tell me the highest prices for gasoline they encounter are in our area.
The oil distributors are a key element in the chain of establishing the price of gasoline at the various retail locations around the state. I think it is time for Mr. McNeill and the other oil distributors in our area to enlighten the citizens in our community why the cost of gasoline is so high compared with most other parts of our state.
Many of the citizens in our community are living on fixed incomes. And with no meaningful public transportation available, the cost of gasoline is a critical recurring expense of their household budget each month. I would urge Sen. Blake and Rep. Boles to examine this issue and report to their constituents the findings of their investigation.
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