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Aiken County currently has some of cheapest gas in the U.S.

March 15, 2017 GMT

Residents can currently fill up their cars with some of the cheapest gas in the nation here in Aiken County, but it may not last.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States was $2.29 on Tuesday, while the average price for a gallon of regular gas in South Carolina was sitting at $2.02, according to the Gasbuddy.com website.

However, in Aiken County, residents could find fuel for $1.77 a gallon at the Circle K at 678 East Pine Log Road and Powderhouse Road on Tuesday, the website showed.

That is just a penny over the lowest gas price in the state.

Cheap fuel can also be found in for $1.79 at BP, 2981 Whiskey Road and Powderhouse Road, and it can be found for $1.82 at three different gas stations along Pine Log Road in Aiken, according to Gasbuddy.com.

Tiffany Wright, public relations manager with AAA Carolinas, said Aiken County appears to be in “good shape” with some of the lowest gas prices anywhere in the nation.

She said the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has slowly fallen for 10 straight days and that decline is expected to continue over the next month.

“In about a month, motorist will start to see an uptick in gas prices,” Wright said. “We always see prices rise just a bit when we have our seasonal refinery maintenance and the required switchover to summer-blend gasoline on May 1.”

Locally, a bill currently in the S.C. Senate would create a gas tax hike, if passed.

S.C. Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, said a bill to raise the gas tax to help fix roads and bridges in South Carolina passed through the House two weeks ago, which he said he “did not support.”

“Raising the tax is easiest thing for politicians to do, but the majority of people do not agree with it,” Taylor said. “There are better ways to find a solution.”

However, he said he is unaware of any alternative plan that could be put into effect if the gas tax hike does not pass through the Senate.

A recent statewide poll showed only 21 percent support the tax hike, Taylor said.

“The strongest opponents to the gas tax increase are those households making under 50k a year,” he said.