Starting Jan. 1, 2014, Clark County enacted a 3.4-cent fuel tax to pay for road improvements. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Two news laws taking effect this year mean extra taxes for Nevadans.
A gas tax hike approved by Clark County Commissioners in September means gas will cost about 3.4 cents more per gallon. The hike will keep rising until 2016.
"I think people are sick of paying taxes, and I think gas taxes are already high enough," said Vickie Fuscaldo at a gas station on New Year's Day.
The county says over the next three years, the extra pennies should be enough to pay for 180 road projects in southern Nevada, adding new roads and repairing older ones.
The gas tax hike isn't the only extra expense that's coming along with the new year.
Nevada is now one of the 19 states in which customers of Amazon.com have to pay sales tax.
"That's one of the reasons a lot of people do order online, because you do save on tax and shipping. It does makes a big difference, especially with a sizeable purchase," Fuscaldo said. She learned that the Christmas gift she bought for her son last month would cost an extra $15 if she bought it today.
Gov. Brian Sandoval approved the deal with Amazon.com in 2012, deciding shoppers on the site have to pay about 8 percent more per purchase. It's part of a push to make sure Nevada stops missing out on sales tax because an online company is based in another state.
An Amazon.com representative told FOX5 that the site has the best prices, with or without sales tax.
Sales tax does not apply to gift cards purchased on Amazon.com.
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