TOMAHAWK - When you go to the gas station to fill up your snowmobile, you notice the price per gallon on the billboard.
But when you go to fill up at an older pump, maybe at a tavern or a resort, you might notice the price per half-gallon.
That's how Moran's Landing at Swamp Lake owner Fuzzy Moran sells it, and he wants to keep it that way.
He and his wife, Nancy, have owned Moran's Landing for 27 years, and since then they've used the same pumps to fill up boats, ATVs, and snowmobiles.
"These are old pumps," Moran said. "They were old when I put them in, and they work fine."
However, Wisconsin state statutes require that a business owners sell gas by the whole gallon, which means Moran would have to replace his pumps with new ones that calibrate by the whole gallon.
"The number I heard was $1200 to $1500 a piece, and I don't make that much money in selling fuel in two to three years," Moran said.
He could be in luck. Some Assembly Republicans introduced a bill that would allow businesses that sell fewer than 15,000 gallons per year to sell by the half-gallon.
"That just ensures that people who are up here recreating will have access to fuel in the more remote areas," said state Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), the bill's main author. "That just keeps tourism going and allows people to enjoy our Northwoods culture."
If the bill passes, Moran will get to keep his pumps and continue to always multiply by two in his transactions.
We also reached out to the Assembly's Democratic leader for comment but have not heard back yet.
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