CROWLEY – The rise in gas prices that has been causing concern throughout the country is not just a problem for motorists. Several area businesses are feeling the pinch and which in turn is causing them to raise their prices.
“I’ve been spending about $90 a day just on gasoline,” said Mike Breaux, owner of Breaux’s Lawn Service. “It’s unfortunate but I’ve had to go up on what I would normally charge my customers because of this.”
David Savoie, manager of Quality Equipment which sells and services much of the John Deere equipment used by area farmers has been having to consolidate his deliveries due to the hike. He also sees the gas hike as having a trickling effect for farmers as well as their customers.
“The bad thing about this crisis is how it can effect nearly everything you buy,” said Savoie. “When farmers have to spend so much more to produce their products, they need to raise their prices in order to make ends meet which in turn causes consumers to pay more.”
“Consider the farmers who are continually running those pumps in their ponds,” he said. “This is practically killing them.”
With oil prices once again nearing $140 a barrel, there doesn’t seem to be much relief in sight. The national retail average for a price of gas rose to $4.08 on Tuesday.
At least one area businessman is growing tired of the “gloom and doom” forecasts that we are constantly seeing on television.
“We still have access to the largest oil reserve in the world,” he said. “Saudi Arabia has just agreed to increase their production and the prices still keep going up - that just makes no sense to me.”