Columbia Chamber endorses transportation tax hike

3 years 10 months 1 week ago Friday, July 18 2014 Jul 18, 2014 Friday, July 18, 2014 1:32:00 PM CDT July 18, 2014 in News
By: Hanna Knutson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to support Amendment 7. The amendment would impose a temporary 3/4 of a cent increase on the state sales tax to fund transportation projects. The amendment will appear on the August 5 ballot.

After discussion and research, the Transportation Committee and Government Affairs Committee moved to recommend the Columbia Chamber of Commerce support the statewide sales tax dedicated to transportation and infrastructure funding with the following stipulations:

  • The State of Missouri should find a permanent resolution to collecting Internet sales taxes in our state.
  • The Columbia City Council is encouraged by the Transportation Committee to publicly state their intentions to fund their portion of the revenue sharing project to build a new airport terminal with the funds raised from the sales tax.

However with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce recommending a "yes" vote on Amendment 7 on the August ballot, the Missourians for Better Transportation Solutions says the proposed 3/4 cent sales tax increase subsidizes those who drive gas-guzzling cars and trucks.

Terry Ganey, the spokesperson for the opposing committee said if the tax is passed, the amendment will just be shifting the tax burden onto people who may not even end up using it.

"If we're not going to increase the motor fuel tax, and not tax a product that is gasoline in which we are trying to conserve," Ganey said, "we are essentially shifting the burden from the heavy users of the roads, to people who may not even be using the roads at all."

In the coming weeks, the volunteer organization will call on Missouri voters to vote "no" on Amendment 7.

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