Rochester’s gas prices near record-high as tax relief enters third week

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester’s gas prices on Monday remain about the same as the all-time high set last Wednesday, as the gas tax relief enters its third week.

The average gas price in Rochester is $4.97 per gallon, which is one cent lower than last Monday, according to AAA. Rochester’s current gas prices are about the same as Syracuse’s and one cent higher than in Buffalo and Batavia.

News10NBC reported that gas stations in Monroe County are passing the $0.28 in state and county gas tax savings onto consumers. However, the price for stations to refill their gas supply is increasing, leading to a price jump despite tax breaks since June 1.

New York State’s average gas price is $5.00 per gallon, slightly higher than the national average. The state recorded its highest prices ever last Tuesday at $5.04.

Both the state’s and Rochester’s average gas prices are about $1.88 higher than a year ago.

According to a survey from GasBuddy, the cheapest station in Rochester on Sunday was $4.59 per gallon, while the most expensive was 50 cents higher. The lowest price in the state was $4.52 per gallon. You can find the cheapest local stations through a link to GasBuddy.

You can also explore gas price trends on the website for AAA.

Gas prices have skyrocketed over the past year because of rapid recovery from the pandemic increased the demand so high that supply couldn’t keep up. Europe’s restrictions on importing Russian oil also scrambled world oil prices, affecting the U.S. even though the U.S. imports very little Russian oil.

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