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July 15, 2014

Somerset councilors respond to TV report on sale of gas

Somerset —

City councilors fired back at a Lexington-based news station that last week raised several questions about the entity’s decision to sell gasoline to the public.
“I ... was kind of hurt the way they made us look on TV,” said Councilor Mike New during Monday’s city council meeting. “We’re not here to put anybody out of business. It would tickle me if we don’t sell the first gallon but we are tired of having the highest gas ... We moved on it and I thank each of you guys for doing it.”
Lexington-based WLEX News aired a short piece Thursday detailing the city’s decision to sell gasoline to the public. The decision came after years of councilors and citizens alike claimed that the Pulaski County area saw higher gas prices than in surrounding counties. The piece raised questions about the decision, asking whether it is the city’s place to enter the free market in an attempt to adjust gasoline prices.  
The news piece echoed the same sentiments expressed by several people, and the protest against the city’s entry into selling gas publicly has been led by Senator Chris Girdler, who in an op-ed to the Commonwealth Journal earlier this month stated the city’s move was an “absurd” decision that would lead to a “financial disaster” and set a “horrible precedent” in clearing the way for governmental entities to enter the private market.
“Folks, this is not about gas prices!” Girdler wrote in his July 1 op-ed. “This is about free enterprise and economic development. If people feel that milk prices are too high, is the city going to subsidize a new dairy in town?
“If people feel that the price of beef is tool high, is the city going to start a beef cattle farm?” Girdler continued. “If people feel that coffee costs too much, is the city going to open a coffee shop?”

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