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Fuel tax increase goes into effect in Arkansas tomorrow


Drivers fueling up in Arkansas can expect to pay more at the pump thanks to a fuel tax increase that goes into effect this week.

Starting on Tuesday, October 1, taxes on both gasoline and diesel fuel will be increasing throughout the state of Arkansas.

The diesel fuel tax will increase 6 cents to 28.5 cents per gallon. The gasoline tax will also increase by 3 cents to 24.5 cents per gallon.

The fuel tax increases are part of a $95 million highway funding bill signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson in March 2019.

Money raised by the fuel tax increases will go towards maintaining roads and bridges, and not towards new construction projects, the Arkansas Department of Transportation says.

The same bill that increased fuel taxes will also increase the registration fee for electric vehicles by $200.

This is the first fuel tax increase in the state of Arkansas in 20 years.


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