Gas prices on the rise 

Published 11:03 pm Monday, July 1, 2019

SC institutes 2 cent increase  


SOUTH CAROLINA—The South Carolina Motor Fuel User Fee has increased by two-cent for the third consecutive year. The increase is part of the South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act that was passed by the General Assembly in 2017. The Act raises the fee by two cent every year until July of 2022.  The fee was previously $0.20, and has increased to $0.22 per gallon as of July 1, 2019.  

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The Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act went into affect in 2017, with the money being put into a trust fund. The money raised by the act has been used to repair roads and bridges across the state as well as helping maintain infrastructure work across the state.  Figures by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) suggest that more than $657 million has been deposited into the state Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund. That includes $185.3 million in increased Motor Fuel User Fee revenues.  

South Carolina drivers can expect that fee to continue to rise annually by two-cent until 2022 when it reaches $0.28 per gallon.  

By Samuel Robinson