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Residents Of A Kentucky Town Taking Action To Lower Gas Prices

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SOMERSET, KY- A small city in south central Kentucky is taking drastic steps to combat rising gas prices.

We all complain about high gas prices, but officials in the city of Somerset may be the first in Kentucky to actually try and do something about it.

Compared to Louisville, gas in Somerset is a relative bargain at around $3.79 per gallon.

But customers say it's almost always more expensive there than in the surrounding communities.

"It's a lot higher than the rest of the places that are 25 to 30 miles from here. Most of the time, they're much cheaper," says Somerset resident Jimmy Goggins.

Now the city of Somerset is taking action.

"They're just simply ripping off the public, and they're doing it because of greed," Mayor Eddie Girdler said of the town's gas stations.

Next month, the city will open to the public the station it has used to fuel city-owned vehicles for years.

"And what we're going to do is do our job. Which means, why shouldn't we deal with high gas prices? It's something that affects the quality of life," said the mayor.

The city will purchase the fuel from a local refinery and price it 15 to 20 cents below whatever commercial stations are charging.

We're going to set a price, and if the companies want to equal that or go lower than that, we've achieved our objective," the mayor added.

Not surprisingly, gas customers love the idea.

"It will be interesting to see what the companies, the refineries, have to say about it down the road. If it impacts their business that much, I'm sure they'll have something to say," said resident Dan White.

The mayor says the city will likely break even on the fuel sales. He says the profit is not the point.

If commercial stations do not drop their prices, the mayor says the city may look to expand and open even more fueling stations; arming itself for what could be a long price war.

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