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AUTUMN GAS PRICES FALL 2.4 CENTS SINCE SEPT. 1; NEW FEDERAL TAX OF 4.3 CENTS PER GALLON GOES INTO EFFECT OCT. 1

 CLEVELAND, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The downward slide of gasoline prices that began in July continued in September with the average price of self-serve unleaded gasoline falling 2.4 cents per gallon this month, Cuyahoga County Auditor Tim McCormack reported this morning.
 "While the continuing fall in prices is good for the consumer, it will be short lived because of the new federal fuel tax increase that goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday," McCormack said. "That new tax is expected to cost motorists 4.3 cents more per gallon."
 This month's report shows the average price of self-serve unleaded gasoline now stands at $1.043 per gallon; down from the $1.067 price on Sept. 1.
 Since McCormack's July gasoline study, the price of gasoline has fallen about 9.3 cents per gallon.
 McCormack said oil industry analysts continue to blame the sluggish economy and overabundance of supply for the declining prices.
 Western suburban motorists continue to enjoy the county's lowest priced gasoline. The survey showed that the average price of gasoline in the western suburbs now stands at $1.019, down 3.4 cents this month.
 In the eastern suburbs, the price is 3.3 cents per gallon more, standing at $1.052 per gallon. On Sept. 1, the average price stood at $1.079 in the east suburban communities.
 Cleveland's motorists do not seem to be fairing as well as their suburban counterparts.
 Gasoline on the city's east side actually went up one-half-cent per gallon this past month going from $1.102 in September to $1.107 today.
 West side city drivers saw an 8/10ths of one-cent decline, with gasoline costing an average $1.035 per gallon (down from $1.043 earlier this month).
 Drivers using full-serve pumps can expect to pay as much as 91 cents per gallon more for fuel.
 Gastown outlets throughout the county continue to offer the lowest priced gasoline at an average of .992 cents per gallon, while BP outlets offer the highest-priced gasoline at $1.077 per gallon.
 McCormack's survey is based on a check of 55 service stations throughout Cuyahoga County. By law his office is mandated to inspect gasoline pumps to ensure their accuracy.
 Other gasoline prices on a company-by-company basis from the date of the last survey:
 SEPT. 1, 1993 SEPT. 29, 1993 CHANGE
 Gastown $1.007 $0.992 (1.5 cents)
 Sunoco $1.040 $1.027 (1.3 cents)
 Union 76 $1.055 $1.038 (1.7 cents)
 Amoco $1.066 $1.048 (1.8 cents)
 Shell $1.097 $1.055 (4.2 cents)
 Marathon $1.097 $1.067 (3.0 cents)
 BP $1.109 $1.077 (3.2 cents)
 -0- 9/29/93
 /CONTACT: Tim McCormack, Cuyahoga County Auditor, 216-443-7010/


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