Lower California Gas Tax

Feb 24, 2015 1:18 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California gas tax is falling six cents this summer because of lower gas prices.

The five-member State Board of Equalization on Tuesday voted unanimously to cut the state gasoline tax.

Starting in July, Californians will pay at least 48 cents per gallon in fuel taxes to the state and federal government. The tax cut will also reduce funding for local road and congestion relief projects.

Californians may not see a difference at the pump because of other factors affecting gas prices.

The annual adjustment based on gas prices is the result of a legislative maneuver to close the 2010 budget deficit. The board's elected members, who met in Culver City to consider the tax cut, criticized lawmakers for creating a confusing system and signaled support for an overhaul.

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