MoDOT to talk future plans, how your vote could change them

7 months 1 week 3 days ago Tuesday, October 09 2018 Oct 9, 2018 Tuesday, October 09, 2018 7:30:00 AM CDT October 09, 2018 in News
By: Kara Strickland, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - Fuel taxes could change the roads and bridges Missouri residents drive on, depending on the Nov. 6 ballot. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation is holding meetings with planning partners from all seven MoDOT districts throughout the week.

These meetings will focus on developing the next Statewide Transportation Improvement program, the department said in a news release. MoDOT will also address how its original plans may need to change if Proposition D passes in November. 

"Proposition D will generate over $400 million a year," said Scott Charton, communications director for SaferMO.com. 

SaferMO.com is a campaign committee supporting Proposition D, which aims to better educate Missouri residents on the proposition. 

At the meeting, MoDOT will look at how it currently spends its resources to take care of transportation assets that would cost an estimated $125 billion to replace, according to the release. The additional revenue from Proposition D would altar the budget.  

According to the Missouri Secretary of State's Office official 2018 ballot measures, the money would come from revenue from an increased state tax on motor fuel.

Charton said the two and a half cent increase each year is affordable for what federal standards classify as an average motorist. 

"For the average Missouri motorist, the two and a half cent per year motor fuel tax increase would cost about a $1.25 a month," he said. 

The 2.5 cent increase would go into effect July 1, 2019. 

Missouri resident Owen Speh said he has mixed feelings about the proposition. 

"I think it would be good to have more money to fix our roads because they are pretty rough, but I don't really want gas to cost more," Speh said. 

Charton said if Proposition D passes, when it is fully phased in, in four years, it would cost about $5 per month, or about $60 a year. 

"That money will enable a lot of road and bridge construction, for local governments its a 66% increase in the state funding that's coming back to them for local priorities," he said. 

Charton said MoDOT's local partners are the ones who bring concerns to MoDOT about where money should go within their communities.  

"There are about 1200 individuals throughout the state who serve on these local committees and these local planning commissions. The meeting they're having will be aimed at gathering information about what priorities they would like if Proposition D is passed," he said. 

Other changes listed by the official ballot measures include a tax increase on alternative fuels used for motor vehicles, including compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas, and propane gas. The increase on alternative fuels will raise from 17 cents to 27 cents per unit equivalent to a gallon of gasoline beginning January 1, 2026.

In addition to fuel changes, Proposition D would allow a state income tax deduction for the value of any prize or award won in the Olympics, Paralympics, or Special Olympics.

The official ballot also states the proposition would create an “Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund,” which would be dedicated to financing road improvement projects throughout the state. 

The Jefferson City meeting will be held at McClung Park Indoor Pavilion, at 12:30 p.m., and is open to the public. 

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