Some Capital Region gas stations pass $5/gallon mark

In the Capital Region, drivers are paying an average of $4.79 for a gallon of regular gas.

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When New York launched its gas tax holiday last week, some local counties opted-in to cap the county-level gas tax.

However, counties including Albany, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington and Greene, did not opt in to cap the county tax.

Some gas stations in the Capital Region have already hit the $5 a gallon mark.

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Greene County’s Administrator, Shaun Groden, says that is vital revenue for the county that could be better used to keep property taxes where they are for the foreseeable future. He also says rest stations are some of the most frequented gas stations in the county, and the tourism money collected there will go back into residents’ pockets down the road.

Groden says the legislature researched and found that capping the tax would only save residents about $50 for the rest of the year.

A NewsChannel 13 viewer sent us a photo on Monday of a Speedway in Catskill above $5 a gallon.

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NewsChannel 13’s Stella Porter took a closer look at why some counties chose not to suspend their county gas tax.