This article was published with permission from the Columbia Missourian.
Missouri voters once again rejected a proposed increase in the state’s motor fuel tax when they defeated Proposition D on Tuesday.
Proposition D lost by a margin of 46 percent to 54 percent statewide. Boone County bucked the statewide trend, and the proposition won by a tally of 40,235 to 31,817, or 55.8 percent to 44.1 percent.
With the defeat, the state’s tax of 17 cents per gallon — the second lowest in the country — will remain the same. The tax has not increased since 1996.
Proposition D would have nudged the tax upward by 2.5 cents each year for the next four years. It would’ve cost a person filling a 20-gallon gas tank an extra $2 when fully implemented.
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Scott Charton, Communications Director for SaferMO.com, a group that promoted the proposition, said in a statement that MoDOT still has a job to do.
“The election outcome is disappointing, but seeking new funding for Missouri’s proven critical infrastructure needs was still the right thing to do,” Charton said.
Proposition D’s ballot language said money generated by the tax would’ve gone to the State Road Fund for law enforcement. That, in turn, would’ve freed up existing fuel tax revenue for roads and bridges, supporters said.
The measure also would’ve created the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund, which would’ve paid for highway projects in excess of $50 million that expedite the flow of freight through the state.
Proposition D also would’ve also exempted the winnings of Olympic athletes from the state’s income tax.
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