LINCOLN — Nebraskans will get a slight reprieve at the gas pump come Jan. 1.
The state is lowering its fuel tax by 1.6 cents, to 24.6 cents per gallon, effective that date through June 30.
The rate is adjusted to meet the budget requirements of the state highway department for road improvements and maintenance.
Because gasoline sales exceeded expectations the past six months, and because motor vehicle tax revenue that goes to the Nebraska Department of Roads was higher than projected, the state’s variable tax on motor fuels will drop.
Motor fuel taxes finance about 60 percent of the state’s roads budget.