Tags: Web Exclusive
February 12, 2014 - JEFFERSON CITY — Missourians would be asked to pay a penny more in sales tax under a measure approved last week by the House for the November ballot.
The Missouri House Transportation Committee moved the bill forward with a 11-2 vote. The bill would give Missouri voters the choice to increase sales tax by 1 percent during a 10-year period.
The bill would delegate 10 percent of the revenue from the tax to go toward local transportation funds for cities and counties, and the remaining 90 percent would go to Missouri Department of Transportation, or MoDOT. In a hearing about future transportation plans, MoDOT explained that its total budget could not maintain Missouri's transportation system without voters approving the measure.
The state transportation department warned that $485 million is needed to maintain the system, and by 2017 it will be under budget at $325 million.
MoDOT stated that less drivers and more gas-efficient cars is decreasing transportation revenue, as the department receives funding from federal and state fuel taxes.
The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission expressed that the situation is not a future problem, but a present situation that the department has known about for years. The commission has terminated the addition of any improvements or new projects for the next five years without funding already in place.
This idea, in different versions, was approved by overwhelming margins by both the House and the Senate last year. The two chambers were unable to reach an agreement on the bill by the end of the previous legislative session.
The bill approved by the House Transportation Committee now will be sent to the House Rules Committee for the next round of approval.
Impact NewsFire departments seek tax increases in April 4 electionVoters next week to decide fate of fire district tax hikesMar 29 2017Fire departments across south county and in Jefferson County are seeking tax-rate increases Tuesday, April 4, citing a need for revenue to cover shortfalls from decreasing revenues, underfunded pensions ... Our TownDual projects will restrict traffic on Union Road
Work set to begin Monday, March 27Mar 22 2017A joint effort between St. Louis County’s Department of Transportation and Missouri American Water will temporarily restrict traffic on Union Road between Reavis Barracks Road and Lindbergh Boulevard.... School NewsLong student collects books for Ronald McDonald House
More than 1,700 books collected in one weekMar 22 2017Long Elementary School second-grader Lily Yemm is making a difficult situation more comfortable for families of children with extended hospital stays.... |