Westport Fill-Up: it’s a gas

Last month, Governor Lamont signed emergency legislation — passed unanimously by the state Senate and House — suspending Connecticut’s excise tax on gasoline from April 1 through June 30. The state collected 25 cents per gallon.

The legislation states that failure by retailers to reduce the price of gasoline per gallon by this amount will be considered an “unfair or deceptive marketing practice.”

Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce Director Matthew Mandell decided to see which local service stations were following the rules.

He took pictures of several Westport petrol stations on Thursday evening March 31 and then again the afternoon of April 1.

The Shell station opposite the Westport Country Playhouse has lowered its prices by 25 cents…

Mandell says, “WCBS radio reports that stations pay tax when their fuel is delivered, so prices may not drop until the next delivery.

“Nevertheless, the majority of stations did change their prices – around 20 cents, around 25 cents, some even 30 cents.

“Some have not changed their price at all.

“What should also be noted is the overall price difference – up to $1 a gallon – and that some locations have different prices for cash and credit transactions.”

Here are the stations in the Mandell cross-section:

  • Citgo $4.13 to $3.88: 25 cents
  • Cumberland Farms Hillspoint Road: $4.13 to $3.93: 20 cents
  • Cumberland Farms Bulkley Avenue South: $4.13 to $3.93: 20 cents
  • Exxon: $4.23 to $3.93: 30 cents
  • Mobil: $5.27 to $5.27: no change
  • Phillips: $4.29 to $3.99: 30 cents
  • Shell downtown: $4.09 to $3.84: 25 cents
  • Shell Maple Avenue South: $4.87 to $4.87: no change
  • Sunoco Riverside: $4.29 to $3.99: 30 cents

…while the Shell near Maple Avenue showed no change.

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