Gas drops to $1.51 in Irving

IRVING, N.Y. (WIVB) — Even for the Indian reservation, it’s a price that’s catching attention.

Regular unleaded gasoline was selling for $1.51 a gallon at Catt-Rez Enterprises on Route 5 in Irving on Tuesday.

“It’s unreal. I got extra money to do a lot of stuff.” said Lancaster resident Jim Surdej. “It’s unbelievable how could it go from $3.90 a gallon to a buck fifty, you know it’s crazy.”

It’s about half the price consumers paid two summers ago, so Westfield resident, Jill Lindstrom saved well over a thousand bucks this year. “It’s really very nice. It’s made things a lot easier since I fill up at least once a week, so it’s a lot cheaper it’s nice. When I started driving it was over two dollars a gallon.”

Native territory like the Seneca Indian Reservation is tax free, so stations like Catt-Rez don’t have to pay the sixty cents in fees and taxes that off reservation stations are required to pay.

  • Excise tax – 8 cents
  • Petroleum Business tax – 17 cents
  • State Sales tax – 8 cents
  • Petroleum testing Fee – .05 cents
  • Spill fee – .3 cents
  • Federal Excise Tax – 18.4 cents

According to Gas Buddy charts, gas prices nationwide were this low briefly in 2005 and again in 2009.

Buffalo resident, Sheryl Mietus is saving about a hundred bucks a month. “It means I can go out to dinner a couple times, at least once this week, and not even think about it in terms of my budget.”

“Unbelievable,” said Evans resident , Hank Williams. “I drive an Explorer, and I use it for my business and I drive probably three to four thousand miles a week and it’s made a huge difference.”

Now for the dollar and 51 cent question…will it last ? Jim Surdej doesn’t have high hopes. “It’s gonna go back up, this is just a ….maybe election time, could that be it ?” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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