Kentucky city to build discounted ‘socialist gas stations’

Greg Newkirk,

6:02 PM, Jun 21, 2014

With gas prices steadily making their way into the $4 range this summer, it’s no surprise that people are getting fed up with how light their wallets feel after fueling up. One Kentucky town has decided to tackle the problem in an unexpected way:  with socialism.

Thanks to a pricing feud between fuel distributors and town officials, gas prices in Somerset, Kentucky, have been averaging about $3.74 a gallon, a price that residents are saying can be a solid fifty cents more expensive than most surrounding areas.

The city’s fueling depot, which is sourced from a local refinery and services all city vehicles, sells its gas for just $3.10. Now Somerset aims to pass their savings on to locals by creating a city-owned fuel depot in the middle of town.

Their goal? To undercut private sellers and drive down prices through heavy competition.

“We will have 10 different nozzles in a kiosk,” the town’s economic development business coordinator, George Wilson, told the Commonwealth Journal. “An attendant will be on duty, probably from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., maybe later, to allow customers to pay by cash or credit card. Gasoline will be available at the pumps 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using credit cards.”

Somerset is currently working on installing the new pumps, which will give buyers discounted gas calculated by averaging gas prices from towns within a 50-mile radius. Officials hope to have the new station up and running this summer.

If you’re going to pay a premium for your gasoline, you might as well enjoy fueling up. Check out the guide to the coolest gas stations across America, where the photo ops are totally worth a little extra at the pump.



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