Carbonear woman attends UN event in NYC
Carbonear’s Karen Gill says she’s gained so much from attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Gill, a student at Memorial University in St. John’s, attended the event in New York City for the second time last month, representing the Canadian Federation of University Women.
After a recent increase in gas prices, the provincial government is looking to reduce the temporary gas tax by 75 per cent by the end of 2017.
As stated in a news release, the gas tax will be reduced by 8.5 cents per litre on June 1st, 2017. Following that, on December 1st, 2017, the tax will be reduced again by another four cents, resulting in a total of a 12.5-cents per litre reduction.
The remaining four cents of the gas tax will be reviewed as part of 2017 fall fiscal and economic update.
Sean Crawford is the owner and operator of Crawford’s Taxi in Carbonear. He says that the company has fallen on hard times over the past year or two, so he was excited to hear the news of the gas tax reductions.
“It’s great news. Really good for a company like mine, or any other businesses in the province that rely on gas to operate,” said Crawford.
Crawford added that right now, he is the only full-time driver for Crawford’s Taxi. He
estimates that between him and a couple part-time drivers, the company spends a little over $1,000 on gasoline.
“You know, the gas prices are always fluctuating, and it feels like they’ve been getting worse and worse over the past months. It really has an effect on taxis, but hopefully this is a bit of a bright light on the situation,” said Crawford. “It gets expensive. Maintenance, gas, and any other expenses that come with it, so any kind of reduction in costs is welcome.”
Tax rates on diesel fuel, so far, will remain unchanged.
Cathy Bennett, Minister of Finance, said that the 75 per cent reduction would ultimately have a positive impact on the province, adding that it will allow residents of Newfoundland to have access to more disposable income, which will in turn have a positive effect on the provincial economy.
Crawford added that he saw this as a positive thing for the majority of the province, and although the full 75 per cent reduction is still a few months away, it was a positive start.
With new gas tax reductions, filling your vehicle up at a gas station will become significantly cheaper.