State Assemblywoman Gina L. Sillitti (D-Port Washington) announced that she sponsored to extend the deadline for counties to opt-in to a gasoline tax cap has been signed into law. This will ensure local governments have adequate time to participate in this savings program (ch.187 of 2022).
“Long Islanders are feeling the pain of soaring gas prices that cut into family budgets and make it harder for people to make ends meet,” said Sillitti. “To help families keep more of their hard-earned money, I fought to ensure this year’s budget included a six-month gas tax holiday. Recognizing the tight window for counties to opt in, my bill grants them additional time to ensure their paperwork is accurate and complete. By also allowing them to correct and resubmit their applications, our constituents can see real relief at the pump.”
The 2022-23 state budget included a provision to implement a state gas tax holiday from June 1 to Dec. 31, which is expected to save motorists approximately $585 million. Specifically, the budget suspended the 8 cents per gallon motor fuel tax and 8 cents per gallon sales tax on gasoline and diesel purchases. It also allowed counties to suspend their portion of the tax.
The assemblywoman’s bill would also extend the opt-in deadline from May 2 to May 16. By cutting unnecessary red tape and streamlining the opt in process, it makes it easier for municipalities to extend these additional savings to their residents, noted Sillitti.