PLATTSBURGH — While local and national gas prices have fallen since September, local residents still say the seemingly ever-changing prices are too still high.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration website listed the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline last week as $3.568, up 0.116 percent from a year ago but down 0.119 percent from the week before.
“It’s crazy,” said Steven Brown of Plattsburgh, adding that high gas prices put a burden on middle-income families in the area.
Brown places part of the blame on New York’s high tax rate.
“I think it’s ridiculous the way they tax” gasoline.
New York is second only to California for the highest gas prices in the country as of Monday, according to data collected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average for a gallon of gas in California was $3.996, significantly more than New York’s average of $3.848.
The average of the 15 area gas stations surveyed Sunday by the Press-Republican is $3.959, about 11 cents higher than the state’s Monday average.
On average, every 10-cent increase in the price of gas results in an additional $7 in gas expenses a month for the average American household, according to the Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Despite the high prices, Brown said he hasn’t been able to cut down on driving.
“You can’t change it (driving habits). You have your everyday life.”
Brown drives frequently, so he usually gets gas for his Subaru Outback every couple of days, he said. A full tank costs him between $40 and $45.
But some people are trying to alter their day-to-day driving habits in an effort to save money on gas.
This year, Laura Poupore of Beekmantown started carpooling with co-workers to her job in Peru to conserve gas.