By Jim Desmond
San Diego County District 5 Supervisor 

Urgent Action Needed: Stop the Gas Tax Increase


Last updated 5/10/2024 at 11:03am

As you know, we're facing a critical situation with soaring gas prices, escalating energy and utility costs, out-of-control housing expenses, and relentless inflation driving up the prices of goods and services. Many of our fellow Californians, including seniors on fixed incomes and hardworking families, are finding it increasingly difficult to afford even the most basic necessities.

With these challenges, it is inconceivable that the State of California is once again moving forward with a gas tax increase.

Effective July 1, the Gas Tax is slated to rise by an additional 2 cents, bringing the total tax burden to a staggering 59.6 cents per gallon. This comes at a time when California already has the highest gas prices in the nation, further exacerbating the financial strain on our residents.

According to recent data from AAA, the average cost of gas in California has soared to nearly $5.40 per gallon, a sharp contrast to the national average of $3.66. Such disparity is not only unjustifiable but also unsustainable.

I urge each of you to contact your Assemblymember and State Senator and express your concerns about the gas tax hike. Let them know that Californians' pump burden is already too heavy to bear, and further taxation will only deepen the financial hardship faced by many.

Borrego Springs State Senator and Assemblymember Contact:

Brian Jones

State Senator – 40th District


Marie Waldron

Assembly – 75th District


To contact Supervisor Jim Desmond's office, call 619-531-5555 or email Community Liaison Shaina Richardson at

I am actively exploring avenues within San Diego County to combat this issue legislatively. However, our efforts will only be successful with the collective voice of our community behind us.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can tackle this challenge together.

Jim Desmond

– San Diego County District 5 Supervisor

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