Starting March 1, people who buy gas in Anchorage will pay 10-cents a gallon more, now that the Anchorage Assembly has passed the Administration's proposed gas tax. The ordinance had a public hearing Tuesday night and several people testified, but on Wednesday morning, many residents said they were still unfamiliar with the tax.
Rich Cline, who owns Cline's Tesoro at 5th Avenue and Gambell Street, said he hadn't heard about the city gas tax. Not only was he surprised, he was a little worried that he might lose customers who commute in from the Valley and gas up at his station.
"They're going to buy their gas where they can get the cheapest," said Cline. "I think that's going to hurt the stations here in Anchorage."
Mayor Berkowitz, who supported the tax, said he wants people from outside the city to pay.