Gas prices rising across San Diego County

Some San Diegans paying $3.49 a gallon
Posted at 11:43 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 08:24:23-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- After a 12-cent sales tax hike went into effect, people were wondering why the price of gas kept increasing. 

“I probably spend about $1,000 a month on gas,” Jim Miller said. "I have a landscape maintenance business so my gas bill a month is, you know, it affects me.”

Now experts say San Diego has some of the highest gas prices in the country, even more expensive than Hawaii. 

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Marie Montgomery of the Auto Club of Southern California says it's probably a rare combination of higher than normal demand in October, higher oil prices, and some refinery maintenance that was put off because of Hurricane Harvey. 

“Came together in a perfect storm," Montgomery said. "Then we had that tax increase on top of it and all the sudden 24 cents later, we’re where we are now. We’re paying higher prices right now than we have been in over two years.”

Montgomery says they are hoping prices go down and level out again by the New Year at the very latest.