Gas prices across Northeast Ohio increased 12 cents per gallon this week, and that’s head of a new gas tax that is set to take effect in July.
According to AAA, gas prices are rising across the Great Lakes and Central states. Ohio saw the largest increase in the region this week. The average is 32 cents more expensive than a month ago.
The average price of gas in Northeast Ohio is $2.65 per gallon, that’s 32 cents more expensive than a month ago. The Youngstown area is slightly lower with an average of $2.62 per gallon.
The increase in prices and historically higher summer gas prices will add to the price at the pump when the state’s 10.5 cents per gallon tax takes effects July 1.
The gas and diesel tax hikes are expected to raise $865 million a year in additional revenue, which will be split between state and local governments. The money will be used for infrastructure projects.
Average prices of the unleaded self-service gasoline in various areas:
$2.635 New Philadelphia
Unexpected and unplanned maintenance at refineries continues to be one of the leading factors in why gas prices have continued to trend more expensive, according to AAA.