Irvine Urges Governor to Take Action on California Gas Tax
IRVINE, California - Last night, the Irvine City Council unanimously approved a resolution authored by Vice Mayor Anthony Kuo calling on the Governor to suspend the state's gas tax.
"Gas prices are high," Kuo said. "Prices in Irvine are over $6.00 a gallon now for regular unleaded gas. On average, Californians pay $1.57 more for a gallon of gas than our fellow citizens throughout the United States. With record state budget surpluses, let's suspend the state's $0.51 per gallon tax temporarily to provide relief to our drivers," Kuo added.
The adoption of this Resolution came on the heels of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego Board of Supervisors adopting similar actions in bi-partisan, unanimous votes.
Prior to this Resolution's presentation, the State of Maryland suspended it's $0.36 per gallon tax, the state of New York will suspend it's gas tax for 7 months, and the state of Georgia will temporarily suspend it's $0.29 per gallon gas tax, as well.
The City's resolution, co-authored by Councilmember Mike Carroll, in response to soaring gas prices, asks the Governor to immediately lower the cost of gas by $0.51 per gallon.
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Irvine's Vice Mayor, Anthony Kuo is the first member of the Irvine City Council to have grown up in Irvine. He was first elected in 2018 after nearly eight years as a City Commissioner. He represents the City of Irvine on the Boards of the Irvine Barclay Theatre and the Orange County Sanitation District. Kuo also represents the City on the Board of Directors of the Irvine Community Land Trust where he is President and the Orange County Fire Authority where he is Vice Chairman. Outside of City Hall, Kuo also serves on the Boards of the Irvine Children's Fund and the Advisory Board of Crime Survivors Inc.