Gas prices down almost a dollar from last year


First Posted: 12/15/2014

LIMA — Gas prices continue to decline, and hit $2.25 a gallon on Monday in Lima, almost a dollar less than last year’s average.

The price per gallon was down 24.7 cents compared to last week, 57.7 cents compared to November and 81.4 cents compared to 2013, according to prices reported by GasBuddy.com.

Allen County had the lowest prices in the area, at $2.26, after that, was Hardin County ($2.33 a gallon), Auglaize County ($2.36), Putnam and Mercer counties ($2.38), Hancock County ($2.42) and Van Wert County ($2.41).

Ohio prices were also down across the board, down 76.4 cents, at $2.40, compared to the 2013 average.

In the past week, gas prices have dropped 14.2 cents, compared with the national price, which as dropped 8.3 cents per gallon in the past week.

“By [Tuesday], more stations in the U.S. will be charging under $2.50 per gallon than over, a remarkable milestone,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy, in a statement.

Thirteen states have at least one station at $1.99 or less, DeHaan said, including Ohio.