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Lower Gas Prices On Oahu

By: Roger Mari

A new law means retailers are no longer required to collect the general excise tax on gas. So now dealers can pass the savings along to the customers.

Depending on where you fuel up, the average reduction in gas prices is 13-to-11 cents.

"Anytime we can get a reduction in taxes, it's good for small business and it's good for the consumer," said Madeleine Snow gas station co-owner.

With gas still over 3-dollars a gallon in Hawaii, many drivers are happy with the reduction at the pumps.

"It's a big deal because I go to the beach a lot and it saves me a few dollars," said driver Ernie Quevidio.

Others believe it's just the price you pay to live in paradise.

"It's a little frustrating that it's higher than the rest of the country, but it makes sense because we live in Hawaii and the gas needs to be shipped over here," said driver Katie Chun.

At 13-cents less per gallon, consumers can expect to have a little extra money in their pockets to buy some of the necessities in life.

"I can by food, go to D&B or go to movies, or you can save that and by drinks, you can also use it to ay off credit card bills," said driver Robert Rider.

Others wonder just how long lower prices will last, and offer some sound advice to commuters.

"Get it while you can, and look for smarter ways to save fuel, less trips to the store, maybe some car pooling," said driver Clarence Tadeo.

Even though Oahu consumers will no longer have to pay the general excise tax, they still have to pay 52 cents in fuel taxes.

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