Past month saw record breaking gas hikes |

Past month saw record breaking gas hikes

Gas prices in Truckee are up 44 cents since last month, a cost increase that is echoing across the state.

Since mid-April average fuel costs in California have jumped by an average of 52 cents, according the AAA of Northern California ” that’s 84 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

The same causes that led to current prices ” expensive crude oil, political strife in producing nations ” still remain.

In California an additional factor has arisen: Gasoline production is down about three percent while some refineries have decreased production for maintenance, according to the California Energy Commission.

“Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that we’re going to get to the point any time in the near future where most consumers can cross high gas prices off their list of concerns,” said Sean Comey, spokesperson for AAA of Northern California in a release.

And now that boating season is upon Lake Tahoe, car drivers aren’t the only ones suffering.

The current price for a gallon of gas at North Tahoe Marina in Tahoe Vista is $4.74.

“It’s going to be more because we have more taxes to pay on the water, and we get our fuel at higher prices,” said dock worker Matt Johnson. “But, our prices will fluctuate less frequently than car stations because we change and fill our tanks less frequently.”

In October of 2005, the end of last year’s boating season, fuel at the marina was $4.45 per gallon, only a 20 cent difference.

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