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N.H. fuel oil fee rises from 1 cent per gallon to 1.25 cents per gallon

Fuel oil will cost a little bit more in New Hampshire this winter.

As of Monday, a state fee on fuel oil rose from 1 cent per gallon to 1.25 cents per gallon. The Department of Environmental Services has estimated that will raise an additional $453,000 each year for the Fuel Oil Discharge Cleanup Fund.

Legislation increasing the fee passed the Democratic-controlled House on a 194-156 vote in March, then passed the Republican-controlled Senate in May on a voice vote. Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, signed the bill into law Friday.

The Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire supported the fee increase, arguing it was necessary to support a vital state program. The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group, opposed the hike, saying it would increase heating costs for many homeowners.

BEN LEUBSDORF

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