Orange County, CA – Today, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley called on the State of California to offer immediate relief at the pump for families who are facing rising costs due to the increasing gas prices and committed to launch sustainability initiatives, at the local level, to reduce the dependence on oil that is impacting residents and businesses.
“I am requesting that my colleagues at the Board of Supervisors join me in sending an official request to the Governor to give taxpayers a rebate or suspend the $0.51 cent gas tax for one year,” said Supervisor Katrina Foley. “While suspending the gas tax or offering an equivalent rebate will not completely solve the scourge of ever-increasing gas prices, due to international events and profiteering, it will provide important respite for working Orange County families struggling to pay for gas during this challenging time. I applaud the efforts of Assemblymember Cottie Petrie- Norris and other members of our delegation who are seeking solutions with bipartisan support.”
Supervisor Foley introduced an item for the March 22, 2022, Board of Supervisors meeting that calls on the Governor to offer a temporary one-year suspension of the State of California’s 0.51 cent gas tax to be backfilled by the States’ budget surplus or an equivalent tax rebate to address rising gas prices and explore ways to ensure that any tax break or rebate includes a mechanism that oil companies will actually decrease costs.”
“We must also plan to wean ourselves from oil and transition toward cheaper, clean energy resources in the future,” added Supervisor Foley. “I will continue the fight to reduce our dependence on oil and against the increasing prices faced by families. By advocating for new electrical vehicle charging stations for residents and on County property, more active transportation opportunities such as bike and pedestrian paths for short distance commutes and recreational opportunities, and transitioning our County fleet to all electric, including OCTA buses, we will create a truly sustainable future.”
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley joined the Board of Supervisors in 2021. She serves on the Airport Ad Hoc Committee & Fly Friendly working group, and boards of the Orange County Transportation Authority, CalOptima, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Law Library, Newport Bay & South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committee & Santa Ana River Flood Control Protection Agency.