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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Prices at the pump are turning into a good news, bad news situation.

The good news is, gas prices are going down.

The bad news is, North Carolina’s gas tax is going up.

North Carolina’s gas tax is already the 13th highest in the nation. Next week it will go from 32.5 cents per gallon up 2.5 cents to 35.

The gas tax is supposed to go toward road construction and repair, but driver John Moore says he has not seen the results.

“North Carolina has the highest gas taxes in the southeast anyways, which, to me, you look at our roads, and I live in the Charlotte area, and we don’t have good roads there,” he said. “I don’t know where the money is going to be honest with you.”

The gas tax increase goes into effect July 1. That’s the same day the state sales tax drops a quarter of a penny. State legislators say this will balance out and ultimately save taxpayers money.

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