WAPATO, Wash.-- The price of gas Thursday was about 16 cents cheaper in Wapato than in Yakima, and that has Yakima residents wondering why.
Gas station owners say there are a lot of factors that go into pricing their product for the day, most of which are pretty much the same for station owners in Yakima and Wapato, like rent and the price of crude oil.
Although some Wapato stations have a distinct advantage. Those gas stations that are owned by the Yakama Nation or tribal members in the Lower Valley are given gas tax breaks through the state, giving them the ability to pass the savings on to the consumer.
Owners here in Yakima, have learned how they can also stay competitive.
"We stay a little bit cheaper or more competitive than other people because we don't take credit cards, we don't have to pay any fee's on top of it," said Kush Hans, owner of Hans Enterprises and a Yakima ARCO station.
"I suppose with supply and demand that's the best place to go. Everybody does the best they can, right? And if I don't have money, then I don't go to town," said Bob Hester of Yakima.
But other folks we spoke to in Yakima say it's frustrating to see such a difference in price, but gas is a necessity for most of them so they'll keep on buying it.