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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