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Gov. Kemp extends Georgia gas tax suspension another month

It was first suspended in March.

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday morning Georgia's gas tax would remain suspended through mid-December.

The gas tax was first suspended in March, and the governor has continued to extend it roughly every month. This extension will last until Dec. 11.

In a release, the Governor's Office cited a decision last month by the OPEC countries - a collective of the world's largest oil producers - to impose production cuts in order to keep prices lifted. 

The release said that decision would "further exacerbate high gas prices."

Kemp also cited the coming holiday season as a reason to use the gas tax suspension mechanism to try to keep prices lower. 

"Alongside our partners in the legislature, we will continue working to ease the burden felt by Georgia's families who deserve to have safe, warm, and prosperous holidays," he said in a statement.

Georgia’s gasoline price normally includes a federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon and a state tax of 29.1 cents per gallon. A number of cities and counties also charge taxes. 

According to AAA figures, Georgia's average gas price right now is $3.13 per gallon, solidly below the national average of roughly $3.79.


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