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Gas tax

A customer pumps gas at the Mapco store in Alexandria Friday morning. With the gas tax set to start Sept. 1, a portion of Mudd Street in western Calhoun County is expected to get new pavement and stripes. 

The new gas tax that came to Alabama’s pumps today will significantly boost Ohatchee Mayor Steven Baswell’s road budget. But it won’t change his world.

Ohatchee will likely get $13,000 from the gas tax next year, he said, on top of the $20,000 the city currently gets. That money doesn’t buy a lot of road.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.