High gas prices hit close to home

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

La Crosse (WEAU)- Gas Prices are about to skyrocket.

Analysts say we could see 4 dollars a gallon by mid-April, and 5 dollars by summer.

The high gas prices hit your wallet in ways you didn't expect. Towing companies, floral delivery, and school transportation, have all said that they may raise rates if gas gets too high.

Jon Amlaw, a floral driver, may have to start charging for services he would normally do for free.

“The hospitals are delivered free, funerals are delivered free, and it’s a courtesy to the customer. I'd hate to tax something to people who are sick or dying,” said Amlaw.

Sunshine Floral hasn’t changed its delivery prices for 8 years, but last time gas was this high they lost money. That's something they can’t afford to do this time.

“I don’t know how she did it. The last time the price jumped to 4 dollars, she lost money on the whole thing," said Amlaw.

Flower companies aren’t the only ones that may raise rates. Mike Mauss, from Kens Towing says that they are struggling with fuel costs.

“Our fuel bill is higher than our insurance bill. We’ll struggle along with it, and hope it comes back down, but it’s going to take some sort of rate increase to make up for it," said Mauss.

Oil prices are at a 9 month high, and the current prices at the pump are the highest they’ve ever been this time of year.

“I’m hoping it doest get over $4.50 or something like that. They’re talking about it raising close to 5 dollars, but anything over 4 dollars is a struggle," said Mauss.

Schools feild trips may also suffer next year due to gas prices. There may be fewer field trips next year, and students may have to make up for the cost.

“We may take a look at the number of field trips we take next year, and where we go for those. Then we would look at whether or not that cost is passed onto the students," said Joyce Smalley, Finance Manager at the La Crosse School District.

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  • by Nick Location: Eau Claire on Feb 23, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    Put me in a room for 5 minutes with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Oil Minister, I'd bet the price of oil would go down. All jokes aside, we need to tap into our oil. I seem to remember when our Heroes went into Iraq, everyone said it was for the oil. I guess Iraq didn't get that Memo!
  • by Kim Location: Hallie on Feb 21, 2012 at 09:12 PM
    Wonder if Air Force One and the Beast will cut back when the prices get that high?
    • reply
      by Gnaw on Feb 22, 2012 at 01:31 PM in reply to Kim
      Nope, we are paying for it, so why should they!
  • by Jack on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    My business needs fuel to operate. So that leaves me with 2 options. Either purchase the fuel, or don't buy it. If it hits that price I will worry about it then. Even for my personal use to fill up the tank a $1.00 jump equates to $15.00 extra per tank. Enough but not a huge amount. Is it going to stop my from taking my family on a trip this summer? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
  • by Poster on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:35 PM
    Chippewa falls needs to get more public transportation if it gets to $5 a gallon I'm going to "lose" my job and live off the state and unemployment!!!! make moreby doing less
  • by Scott Location: Whitehall on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    It will go down. They will drill more domesticly and it's an election year.
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