State and local elected officials in Jefferson City came together with the Missouri Association of Realtors on Thursday to offer support for a November ballot measure that would increase the state’s gas tax to help pay for infrastructure and other transportation needs.
Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, one of the supporters on hand, said the proposed tax “truly is a user fee,” putting the burden for upkeep of infrastructure on those that use it.
The measure, Proposition D, proposes increasing the state’s gas tax by 10 cents over four years. That would generate at least $288 million in new revenue through the Missouri State Road fund, according to ballot language. It could also bring in an additional $123 million each year for local construction and maintenance projects, according to the ballot language.
Missouri’s fuel tax, currently 17 cents per gallon, has not increased since 1996.
Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin called new infrastructure funding “vital” to her city.
John Sebree, CEO of the Missouri Association of Realtors, said his group has raised $250,000 to support the measure.
Read more: Jefferson City News Tribune