Gas Prices are rising but consumer confidence is high.
After falling for 41 of 45 days going back to Aug. 17, gas in Kansas has now risen six straight days to an average of $2.23 per gallon. That is still the lowest monthly average since February ($2.10) and the lowest since September 2004 ($1.82).
“This autumn’s refinery maintenance season is expected to be heavier than in years past because refineries ran at such high rates during the summer,” Jim Hanni, AAA Kansas spokesman, said. “Retail averages in our region seem to be rising temporarily during this maintenance period, yet we would expect prices to remain relatively low compared to recent years.”
Hanni added that he expects the maintenance to be wrapped by December.
Gas prices in McPherson range from 2.09 up to 2.39 a gallon. Canton reports 2.09 for the lowest in the county, while Lindsborg has the highest report of 2.49 a gallon according to the website www.kansasgasprices.com.