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Rockland County Legislator Wants Gas Tax Cap

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A new week and new, frightening gas prices hit Tri-State Area stations on April 25, 2011. (Photo: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – As the price of gasoline continues to rise across the Tri-State, a Rockland County legislator is trying to introduce a bill to cap the county’s sales tax.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports

Ed Day said there’s no way that Rockland County gas stations can compete with the price across the border in New Jersey. That’s why he wants to cap the county sales tax on gasoline at $2 a gallon.

“What people need to understand is you drive across the border and see all the gas stations in Jersey with lines of vehicles with New York plates,” he said.

In Jersey, the county can’t collect any of the tax from those drivers, and Rockland County residents can’t take their current 3.75 percent tax any longer, he said.

“Right now, we’re over 40 cents a gallon between us and New Jersey,” he said. “We should do our part to minimize the impact and do the right thing for people who are trying to make ends meet.”

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