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May: Skyrocketing prices

County strikes out again

May 25, 2008
Observer Today

Gas prices are at record highs and are seemingly continuing their climb. In the meantime, residents across the country and region do their best to manage their household budgets.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of questions and anger that comes with the rising price at the pumps. Oil companies continue to report record profits in the billions and, just this month, Chautauqua County officials said they are rethinking their stance on the gas cap tax, which was supposed to bring a small savings to area residents.

But when you look at the price in Erie County and compare that with the fuel price in Chautauqua County, there is virtually no savings.

That’s the problem when government attempts to control something that’s out of their control. There is an uncertainty as to whether the law is being followed and everyone — including the county and its residents — are losing money.

Should there be an investigation into the price of gasoline? Maybe. But will that get us back that money we may have lost from the gas cap tax? Probably not.

County leaders cannot control prices at the pumps, but they can control the property tax. Lawmakers must stick to controlling and decreasing county spending, otherwise their results will continue to be similar to the gas cap tax legislation — empty.

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