Kansas Committee Considering Gas Tax 'Buffer' Along Borders

Friday, September 15th 2006, 12:46 pm
By: News On 6

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A legislative committee in Kansas is considering a proposal to create a gasoline tax buffer zone along the state's borders with other states including Oklahoma.

The idea is in response to complaints from gas station owners who say customers drive into other states to avoid paying higher gas taxes in Kansas.

The current Kansas tax on gasoline is 25 cents per gallon. Rates in neighboring states range from 17 cents in Oklahoma to 28 cents in Nebraska.

The proposal calls for a buffer extending 3,000 feet into Kansas in which the Kansas tax on gas would be one cent per gallon higher than that of the neighboring state.

Some state officials say the proposal would cost Kansas millions of dollars in tax revenue.