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Gas prices could continue to rise

Dec 31, 2012 -- 10:10am

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

A slight increase in gas prices since last week greets motorists as the calendar turns over to a New Year.

Triple A South is reporting a rise in the state and national averages since the week of Christmas. As school begins for many across Northwest Georgia this week and normal work schedules resume following the holiday season, gas prices have remained relatively stable, showing an increase over the past couple of weeks. Triple A Spokeswoman Jessica Brady said that the direction of gas prices at the start of the year will depend on the direction of the Fiscal Cliff talks in Washington. She did state that gas prices will likely rise regardless of a deal, just to what extent is linked to the negotiations on Capitol Hill.

Across Georgia, prices have risen approximately $0.07 since last week to an average of $3.25. The number is a $0.05 increase over the same time a year ago. Nationally, gas prices rose about $0.04 in a week to $3.29 on average.

Northwest Georgia remains home to some of the cheapest gas in the state where Bartow County holds the bar for the least expensive price regionally at $3.05 a gallon. Following not far behind is Paulding County, where a station in Dallas is selling fuel for $3.06 a gallon. Once again, Floyd and Polk Counties has a number of stations selling gas for $3.09 per gallon. The highest price in the region continues to be Chattooga County, with a station in Summerville offering regular unleaded fuel at $3.22.

All county-by-county prices are courtesy of gasbuddy.com.

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