Commissioner Tommy Robinson is not letting up on his effort for the release of Jones County from the 2003 EPD mandate to purchase low-sulfur and low-revapor gasoline. The higher-priced fuel is a problem because it affects the collection of Jones County’s one-cent sales tax. If customers are not buying fuel from the convenience stores, they are less likely to purchase anything else.
Not all of Jones County’s surrounding counties are under the mandate, and motorists understandably purchase lower-priced fuel in Bibb and Baldwin counties. What the committee is asking for is a level playing field.
Charlie Harman, from U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ Washington office, attended the Oct. 17 meeting on behalf of the senator and listened to the concerns of the committee members.
Robinson said he understands that the process for removing the county from the mandate takes time.
“We know Sens. Chambliss and (Johnny) Isakson don’t have a magic wand, but we are going to keep asking ‘are we there yet?’” he said.
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