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For the editor:

After seeing the wholesale price of gasoline drop significantly over the past two weeks, coupled with a sharp price differential between gas stations in Mifflin County and those in Duncannon and Harrisburg, County Commissioners of Mifflin believes companies need to take a hard look at what they charge Mifflin County drivers.

The price of gasoline at major gas suppliers in Clark’s Ferry (Duncannon) is $4.09 per gallon, and at Front Street Exxon in Harrisburg the price is $3.91 per gallon. By contrast, Mifflin County stations now charge virtually all (with some minor exceptions) $4.39 per gallon.

Being in constant communication with an industry fuel consultant, the commissioners note that the wholesale price of gasoline has now fallen to $3.52 per gallon, including all taxes and freight charges. So Mifflin County stations are charging a price that creates a margin of 87 cents per gallon (based on Friday’s terminal dues).

While circumstances obviously vary from company to company and location to location, we learned that the average profit per gallon is usually between 35 and 50 cents. Today’s county gas prices are well above that range.

It is important to note that gas stations are vital local businesses and have staff costs, construction costs and other overheads to consider. They also need to make money to survive as a viable business. However, the commissioners feel that our local residents are being penalized more than is warranted.

All Americans face skyrocketing inflation, and one factor that doesn’t help at all is the price of gas. Many people are suffering terribly because of today’s fuel prices. The question that needs to be answered is why is there such a huge disparity between Mifflin County gas station prices and those at Clark’s Ferry (Duncannon) – just 43 miles away?

Our people deserve to be treated fairly, and we call on the big oil companies doing business locally to review their charges and help our local families.

Kevin Kodish


Kodish is Mifflin County Commissioner.

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