Wyoming’s new 10¢ fuel tax went into effect yesterday, and people may see another increase in the price of gasoline here and there. That, says Representative Ruth Ann Petroff is an unfortunate coincidence. Petroff says the tax is not expected to have an immediate effect and the eventual effect is predicted to be as high as 2¢ a gallon. Petroff says the tax is not paid by the consumer or the retailer; it is paid by the distributors. Says Petroff, “It’s just a natural time of year with holiday travel and with summer travel – this a natural time for gasoline prices to greatly fluctuate.” Consequently, she says, don’t look for any amount of the tax to show up in the pump price right away. State officials estimate the gasoline tax will raise about $70-million per year for highway and street maintenance. Petroff says similar taxes in surrounding states have already been felt by motorists in Wyoming, with none of those taxes paid applied to Wyoming roads. Petroff says Wyoming was essentially paying their gas tax and not getting any of the benefits. Now, she says, Wyoming motorists will pay slightly more with most of the tax being diffused among the surrounding states and will begin receiving the state’s share of what motorists are already spending. The measure faced stiff opposition during the legislative session with senators arguing that the increased cost to the average family for fuel does not include the higher cost of every product delivered by truck. Teton County’s representation at the state capitol also disagreed on the tax.