The tax is supposed to be revenue neutral, but offsetting tax cuts will actually cost the government about $1 billion over the next three years.

Tim Pearson with the Sierra Club says it’s time to raise the tax, and spend the money on the environment instead of returning it to taxpayers.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong hasn’t directly commented on Person’s request, but does suggest the government may set fuel taxes as a percent of the cost of gasoline instead of a flat rate.

Taking that to the pumps would mean the common price for a litre of regular gasoline in Fort St. John – without the tax – would be 97.9 cents.

The carbon tax costs residents approximately $0.07 per litre, and Minster De Jong says there are no plans for an increase.