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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 15, 2013

"Gas prices in Auburn — $3.09. Gas prices in Atlanta — $3.19. Gas prices in Southwest Georgia — outrageous."

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FryarTuk 1 year, 6 months ago

Taxes in Turner County reasonable, taxes in metro Atlanta bearable, taxes in Albany - confiscatory! The cost of goods and services always falls to the consumer there is no other formula. If you are tired of high prices in Albany and I agree it is the case, raise hell with your commissioners and school board representatives.

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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago

There are many, 31 or so, counties in GA that have initiated property tax reform that is available through existing laws, such as the frozen assessment basing a home's value on its cost. Others have senior school tax relief. Thus, those counties have an advantage in drawing residents who are not merely coming for a welfare check. It is unfortunate that DoCo citizens do not ask for such reforms and continue to drown in a rising tide of tax exempt property. The citizens don't have the will to fight for anything positive.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

Who would be in Auburn, intentionally?

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agirl_25 1 year, 6 months ago

I have a daughter and son-in-law in Auburn, both professionals who love the city, make a very good living and have raised 4 very good children, all professionals doing well in their own careers..thank you very much. So what is wrong with Auburn?

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dingleberry 1 year, 6 months ago

Only those who want to tolerate a poor excuse for a football team, poison oak trees, and enjoy no property tax on their homestead.

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agirl_25 1 year, 6 months ago

NEWS FLASH.....there is more to life than football and half dead trees you know...as a matter of fact, my kids and grandkids hate football and don't give a rip about the trees, and one granddaughter turned down the college's request to tutor several of the so called "star" (coughbscough) football players who were so dumb they could barely make the grade. She told them thanks but no thanks, she didn't like being around zoo animals, they tossed poo and the constant knuckle dragging got on her nerves. As far as the taxes go, don't know about that....none of my business.

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tocar 1 year, 6 months ago

Gas in Blue Ridge and Blairsville, GA is $3.04. Explain why Albany is so high as compared to these smaller communities. Gas in East Albany $3.26. Gas in Northwest Albany is 3.44. Explain this away.

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bigbob 1 year, 6 months ago

Albany is probably taxed higher to feed all these welfare rejects around here.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 6 months ago

County and City are taxed higher to feed the feudal political system under which we labor.

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scooby62 1 year, 6 months ago

Supply and demand. You can leave Blairsville,and go into another state to get gas. Prices are lower,when they can go to Tennessee,I believe and get gas cheaper.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 6 months ago

All said and done, Alabama state gasoline tax is a lot lower than Georgia. Our money has gone to the Olympics and now the Falcons want a new stadium. We have to pay for all those roads in Atlanta Metro so they can bring all the good jobs to the area and attract the best youth from rural areas. We just roll over and let them. If you want cheaper gas, go to Clark Ave. 15 cents per gallon cheaper.

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waltspecht 1 year, 6 months ago

Please, feel free to get an extra tank instaled and fill up in those areas when you are there. We used to do it with the eighteen wheeler, had three tanks instead of two. Of course we weren't driving for fun, as most folks around here seem to do. With a little route planning, conservative driving, clean air filters, correct tire pressure and common sense about combining trips you could easily cut back 10% on your usage. That would knock your costs of vehicle operation down to less than the gas price differance.

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ontario1966 1 year, 6 months ago

I just going to turn in Albany for GAS GOUGING!!!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 6 months ago

While you are at it turn in the city and county for tax gouging.

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fcarroll 1 year, 6 months ago

Towns nor stations make or change the prices of gas. The companies that supply the gas to the seller of the gasoline sends down the prices as their cost changes. You would be surpised at how many times per day the clerks are instructed to change prices. I don't like paying the prices myself as i am on a fixed income, so i do not do any excess driving.

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alleebrin 1 year, 6 months ago

Right, Fcarrol! Everyone should be on a "fixed income" and avoid "excess driving"!! People buy big houses and luxurious cars they can't afford in order to keep pace with the Jones (and they don't even like the Joneses lol)!!

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RedEric 1 year, 6 months ago

If all you have to worry about are gas prices then you have a pretty good life. How did you like the tax increases reducing your takehome pay? How do you like that this president is fixing to trash the constitution? How do you like it that muslims are reinstating slavery? How do you like it that people who have never worked live better than you? Gas prices.

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VietVet1 1 year, 6 months ago

Of course all the gas station (& Motel owners) don't run double books to send all the extra earn money back home to India without paying taxes. It's been happening since they arrive to take over all the stores/motels with low interest loans (then resale after a few years). Just think when gas went from $3.25 to $3.43 where the now 18 cents went? Nope not to taxes!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA

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mr_nobody 1 year, 6 months ago

A friend of mine who owns a gas station told me (a few years ago) that the wholesalers set the gas prices, and that he had no control over it, except for his full-service fee (full service gas station). I'm not sure station owners are where fingers should be pointed.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 6 months ago

The gas station owners buy their gas from the fuel jobber at their buy rate. The gas station owners then add to their price depending on what they want to charge per gallon. This is an example of pure greed. I know this because my uncle had a gas station for 25 years. My uncle told me the exactly how the system works. He only charged his customers a few cents above cost to give his customer's a break and retain their business. So the fingers should be pointed at the gas station owners because they do have control over the price after they purchase their fuel.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 6 months ago

Keep in mind that most of these stations, stores, shops who offer gas couldn't make a living just on gas sales. It is the one sure draw that keeps customers coming back. Hard times means less business in candy and beer. High costs including property taxes, burglar bars, security cameras, insurance, AC replacements, etc. have to be passed along on what goes out the door and the one sure thing is gas. Say whatever you want but costs have to be passed along on the sold products that's the only way a business has to survive. We can't get grants or welfare to make it work at our level. Mega business, maybe but not so for the mom and pop bidnesses.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 6 months ago

I agree Fryar, but gas stations are still charging more for gas then they should. This is just my opinion, however.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 6 months ago

I wish everything would be less expensive here too. We have begun making and storing products in other parts of South Georgia because a lot less risk and cost involved. Eventually it will all be moved away from this community because of the increased cost and less ability to compete with competitors in the same agriculture production and sales. One idea that seems to be working is to buy our products from a foreign manufacturer and have them drop shipped to our customers. It eats into profit but it cuts out a lot of cost and headache. Gas can't do that but you just have to be alert to everything. I know some of these folks (Woodalls) whom my company uses here and Bainbridge. I just don see those people sticking it to their customers.

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Oldguy 1 year, 6 months ago

Remember 9/11? Gas prices went up a bunch that afternoon. I noticed a station that did not increase their price and filled up there. I asked the owner why he did not go up. His reply was "It is not right to do that." I still buy my gas there.

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VietVet1 1 year, 6 months ago

FACT: gas station on Johnson Road. Jan 10th filled up $2.25 next day was at $3.43 Monday $3.29 today $3.35. Like all the others, sticking it to us! Just hope Karma sets in.

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