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PostSubject: Cheaper Gas   July 26th 2014, 8:51 pm

Kentucky Town Opens Filling Station With Cheaper Gas, Mayor Labeled As Socialist

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The town of Somerset from Kentucky entered the retail gas business last week by opening a municipal-run filling station that offers cheaper gas. The Somerset Fuel Center is selling regular unleaded fuel for $3.36 a gallon, which is lower than some neighboring competitors.

Somerset mayor Eddie Girdler says the station was created after years of complaints from citizens about high gas prices in the town of about 11,000.

Obviously, the initiative frightened owners of local filling stations who found themselves competing with the city. They say the government has no business intervening into the private sector, with one storeowner labeling it as socialism.

However, the mayor is standing firm behind the idea of the city-run station. “We are one community that decided we’ve got backbone and we’re not going to allow the oil companies to dictate to us what we can and cannot do. We’re going to start out small. Where it goes from here we really don’t know,” Girdler said according to an Associated Press report on Fox News. .

He added that prices will be based on an average regional price for gas and will include a small markup to cover costs. The city’s goal is not to make a profit, but to lower gas prices and attract more visitors into Somerset, where gas prices are often 20 to 30 cents a gallon higher than in neighboring towns. The mayor says many visitors fuel up elsewhere, costing Somerset millions of dollars in retail sales.

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PostSubject: Re: Cheaper Gas   July 27th 2014, 12:12 am

Seen gas in the $3.21-3.25 range today.
Usually seem cheaper down south.
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PostSubject: Re: Cheaper Gas   July 27th 2014, 7:22 am

Thought it was a novel idea that the municipal government was actually selling gas cheaper than the competition. Government actually working for the man? Who would have thought?
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PostSubject: Re: Cheaper Gas   July 27th 2014, 1:48 pm

True but kinda ironic they are competing against their own tax base.  Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Cheaper Gas   July 27th 2014, 5:02 pm

Diesel Dan wrote:
True but kinda ironic they are competing against their own tax base.  Very Happy 

 scratch Hmmm, never thought of it that way. Good point.
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PostSubject: Re: Cheaper Gas   July 27th 2014, 10:23 pm

I suspect it is not a level playing field. (Offhand: do they pay property tax on the place?)
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PostSubject: Re: Cheaper Gas   July 28th 2014, 12:19 am

Jarlaxle wrote:
I suspect it is not a level playing field.

Dude, it's the government!  
It can't be a level feild, they seem to make sure of it intentionally.
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PostSubject: Re: Cheaper Gas   August 4th 2014, 10:37 pm

I filled up in Tenn. yesterday and payed $3.12. Best price I've seen in a while.

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