Perdue Suspends Ga. Sales Tax on Off-Road Diesel

Tue May 13, 2008 - Southeast Edition

MACON, Ga. (AP) Gov. Sonny Perdue says the state cannot afford to suspend the state gas tax for all motorists.

Perdue issued an executive order earlier Monday suspending the state sales tax on diesel sold for off-road uses like farming.

Perdue in 2005 suspended the state sales tax for gasoline in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But he said the state cannot afford to do so again because a growing list of road projects are badly needed.

The state’s gas tax goes to fund transportation improvements.

The state sales tax on gasoline is expected to rise on July 1 when it is recalculated according to a state formula.