Reporting Mike Xirinachs
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Drivers in parts of Long Island will have to wait for a break from rising gas prices because of a communications error.
WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs gets reaction
Earlier this week, lawmakers in Suffolk County passed a bill that would cap the county’s portion of the gas tax once it reached three dollars a gallon.
According to the Suffolk County Budget Review Office, average annual savings for drivers should be about eight dollars.
However, the law actually never took effect because no one ever notified state tax officials up in Albany.
The technical error will end up costing tax payers about $1 million because the law cannot take effect until June 1.
Most drivers said they’re appreciative of the cap but some believe it won’t be enough to make a real difference.
“It doesn’t really help, not when gas prices are over $3, $4 a gallon,” one man said.”A hundred gallons of gas is $400, it’s crazy.”
The county tax cap will not affect home heating fuel oil.