Opponents of Transportation Tax Challenge in Lawsuit

3 years 6 months 2 days ago Thursday, June 12 2014 Jun 12, 2014 Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:38:00 PM CDT June 12, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Opponents of a transportation sales tax on Missouri's August ballot are challenging the summary and cost estimate that voters will see.

A lawsuit filed Thursday by the Missouri Association for Social Welfare contends the ballot wording is misleading and unfair and should be rewritten.

Supporters of the ballot measure described the lawsuit as a long-shot attempt to make the wording more confusing.

The proposed constitutional amendment would impose a three-quarter-cent sales tax for roads, bridges and other transportation projects. Lawmakers who placed the measure on the ballot project it will generate $534 million annually for state and local governments over the next decade.

The lawsuit says the cost estimate is insufficient because it could be higher. It says the summary fails to note that the use tax also would rise.

 

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