Maryland gas tax set to increase July 1

Starting this week drivers gassing up in Maryland will pay a little more in taxes to fill up their tanks.

On July 1 the state fuel tax will increase less than half a penny per gallon, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The increase is designed to adjust for inflation and comes one year after a tax increase of 3.5 cents per gallon.

“Maryland is ranked 25th in the nation with the highest state motor fuel tax rate on gasoline purchases,” according to a statement from AAA.

The increase, passed in the General Assembly in 2013 , also coincides with the July 4th holiday.

"Gasoline prices routinely fall from their spring highs by June, but they are on the rise this time, up 8 to 10 cents a gallon, depending upon the retail market. It's due, to some degree, to the unfolding sectarian strife in Iraq, which could drive up the worldwide market price of crude oil," a release from AAA states.

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