Why We Pay More For Gas

By Max Resnik
By Scott Sarvay

April 13, 2011 Updated Apr 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – We wonder all the time why it seems that we here in Fort Wayne, and Indiana for that matter, pay more at the pump. The biggest reason is the Gas Tax.

$0.56 of every gallon of gas pumped in the State of Indiana is taxed. That $0.56 is a combination of local, state and federal taxes imposed at the pump according to GasBuddy.com.

Compare the Hoosier State to its neighbors. Kentucky’s gas tax is just under $0.41 and Ohio’s is a little more than $0.46. Illinois sits at $0.61 and Michigan at $0.56.

California has the highest tax at $0.66 and Alaska has the lowest tax at $0.26.

Patrick DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst with GasBuddy.com, says much of the Midwest is also encountering supply issues. Today he said, “Prices in Fort Wayne and much of the Midwest have been above average just because, like I said, that regional effect. Right now, we're dealing with a refinery that's partially closed for maintenance in Northwest Indiana. They supply a lot of gasoline to your market this refinery is partially closed.”

Today’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.94. During this time last year, the average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $2.76.

DeHaan expects to see gas hover between $3.75-$4.25 by Memorial Day.

To find the cheapest gas in our area, click Current Gas Prices above.

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