PASCO, Wash. -- Gas prices continue to rise, the national average is $3.07 per gallon, and it's the first time since October 2008, prices have been more than $3.00 per gallon, up $.40 since Labor Day.
New Year's Day brings a 6-cent per gallon rise in Oregon's gas tax. It has been at 24 cents a gallon since 1993, but will now be 30 cents a gallon, which will raise $300 million a year for road and bridge projects identified by the Oregon Department of Transportation, such as the Murphy Road overcrossing on the south end of the Bend Parkway.
The increase will cost the average driver about $30 to $40 a year. In comparison, the gas tax in Washington state is 37.5 cents per gallon. Crude oil prices have surged past $90 per barrel and are also at two-year highs.
Sallena McCaughey works at Mid-Columbia Grocery, an independent gas station in Pasco off Court Street and Road 64. She says they have the best prices in town.
"We're in independent company so we're able to shop around," says McCaughey. Still, Mid-Columbia Grocery still raised their prices a few days ago, from $3.09 to $3.11.