Rockland lawmakers work to ease prices at the pump

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Lawmakers in Rockland are seeking to bring some relief to drivers at the pump.

County Legislator Ed Day (R-New City), along with three other legislators, want to cap the county sales tax portion of the gas tax at $2 a gallon to help slash prices. If fully implemented, it means a minimum of 11 cents a gallon would immediately come off the price of gasoline. Officials at the county executive?s office say they support the measure, but need to make sure it is legal to initiate a tax cut when the county budget is under a deficit.

Day says the deficit shouldn?t matter because the gas tax is county money that is collected but never budgeted for. Day hopes to give drivers a break by July 1.

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