Help Me Hank: How gas prices are affecting public services in Metro Detroit

Michigan drivers are paying on average $5.05 for a gallon of regular

Gas prices are affecting public services, which is an issue that's forcing families to make some tough decisions as gas prices keep shooting up, and there's no real relief in sight. The chart seen in the video player above helps paint a picture, and right now, Michigan drivers are paying on average $5.05 for a gallon of regular. That's a 45-cent jump in just the past week. Two dollars a gallon more than we were paying just last year.

DETROIT – Gas prices are affecting public services, which is an issue that’s forcing families to make some tough decisions as gas prices keep shooting up, and there’s no real relief in sight.

The chart seen in the video player above helps paint a picture, and right now, Michigan drivers are paying on average $5.05 for a gallon of regular.

Read: ‘You’re working to buy gas’: Gas prices cross $5 mark in Michigan

That’s a 45-cent jump in just the past week. Two dollars a gallon more than we were paying just last year.

Monday’s (June 6) prices are now putting our state in line with the states paying the most for gas, but the west coast is getting hit even harder. In California, it’s $6.34 for a gallon of regular.

Read: ‘It’s rough’: Metro Detroit businesses are hurting as gas prices near $5

With prices so high here in Metro Detroit, Local 4 wanted to know if it’s affecting public services.

Everything from mowing parks to patrolling the streets takes fuel and plenty of it.

Watch the video above for the full story.


About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.