Drivers are getting a good surprise at the gas station these days.
Gas has dipped below $3 per gallon in Harrisonville, Mo.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gas prices are on the decline across the United States, and the Kansas City area is seeing more relief than most.
Prices here have dropped by almost 50 cents in the past month. In places like Harrisonville, Mo., drivers are paying as low as $2.99 per gallon.
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"I'm shocked!" said California driver Jeff Dunlap, who was filling up in Harrisonville. "We're paying $4.50. It's over $100 to fill up the truck."
Dunlap's bill only added up to $60 at Casey's General Store.
"I'm thinking about moving here," he joked.
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Bill Black, professor of economics at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, said the metro area historically enjoys cheaper gas.
According to gasbuddy.com , Kansas City's average on Thursday afternoon was around $3.23 per gallon -- compared to the national average of $3.60.
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Black said more supply is the simplest explanation for the drop.
"Refinery capacity has come back online," he said.
Earlier this year, Black said several refineries, mainly in the Caribbean, shut down around the same time. With a more plentiful supply, Black said drivers can expect cheaper gas for months to come.
"They can still come down 20 to 40 cents easily," he added.
Black said gas prices are now lower than right before the recession started in 2008 when fuel dropped to less than $2. He said a speedier economic recovery could push prices back up.