Prices remained steady at the gas pumps in Killeen during the past week, even in the face of rising numbers statewide and nationally, according to reports.
Killeen residents paid between $3.30 and $3.49 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline Monday, with the cheapest prices found at CEFCO on West Trimmier Road and Stan Schlueter Loop, and Chevron at East Stan Schlueter and W.S. Young Drive.
Residents paid 11 cents more at Shell, at North Roy Reynolds and East Rancier Avenue, and Exxon, at East Rancier Avenue and North Gray Street.
Killeen resident Lisa Hudson uses E-85 gasoline at H-E-B to fill her tank, lowering the price by 50 cents per gallon. Hudson knows how much money she is saving, especially with the situation in Iraq growing “worse and worse.”
“It doesn’t help our pockets any,” Hudson said.
Throughout Texas, average retail prices have risen 5.7 percent in the past week, averaging $3.50 per gallon on Sunday, and 7 percent in the past month, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas.
The national average increased 2.6 percent in the last week, to $3.68 per gallon, and is 4.6 percent higher than last month’s prices.
Copperas Cove resident Tiffany Webb said she has noticed a fluctuation in gas prices.
That’s why she makes it a point to fill her tank at H-E-B, where, she said, prices remain fairly steady. “It’s up and down, up and down. ... I always gas up at H-E-B.”
Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, said the current political climate in Iraq, coupled with the impending peak of the 2014 hurricane season, could conceivably lead to a higher federal gasoline tax.
”While this week at the pump could be a quiet one, especially if there’s no major Iraq news, motorists still face the threat of higher prices later in the summer,” DeHaan said. “Watching lawmakers debate rising gasoline taxes is certainly worth monitoring.”