Amherst residents appear to favour reducing taxes as the best way of stopping the flow of motorists across the border to New Brunswick to purchase gasoline.

A survey, conducted last week by the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce, shows 77 per cent of 148 respondents believe a lower price through tax equity is the best way to encourage residents to buy fuel locally.

The unscientific survey, done through the survey monkey website, indicated 83.7 per cent of those surveyed do cross the border to purchase their fuel and found 80 per cent of those who go to New Brunswick to shop also purchase fuel there. Another nine per cent said they purchase gas occasionally while nine per cent said they don’t.

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board is holding public hearings here on Jan. 27 regarding the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulations and the viability of markets affected by their proximity to the provincial border.