California Gasoline Tax Going Up Today

Starting today, California drivers will pay an extra 5.6 cents per gallon.

July 01, 2019

SACRAMENTO—Starting July 1, an increase to the state gasoline tax kicks in that requires California drivers to pay another 5.6 cents per gallon of regular unleaded fuel. The increase is the result of Senate Bill 1 that was signed into law in 2017 that added 12 cents to each gallon of gas and 20 cents to each gallon of diesel.

The Desert Sun says that for an empty 12-gallon tank, that’s an additional 67 cents. Drivers who top off on a weekly basis, will pay on average $2.68 to $3.35 extra a month or about $35 a year.

For some, it isn’t a pain point. In many California gas stations, fuel prices have topped $4 a gallon of regular unleaded fuel. Last week, the Automobile Club of Southern California said that residents paid an average of $3.74 per gallon, which is more than a dollar above the national average of $2.68 per gallon.

In Illinois today, a similar tax increase goes into effect that will double the state’s gasoline tax from 19 cents per gallon to 38 cents per gallon.