Following Gov. Jay Nixon’s surprise move to place a transportation sales tax increase on the Aug. 5 ballot — instead of November — the Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking a tentative list of spending priorities by mid-June from agencies around the state.
The ballot measure would raise the sales tax by three-quarters of a cent. Members of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments ordered its staff on Wednesday to pull a list together quickly. “The dilemma we’re faced with is that MoDOT is running out of money,” St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said after the meeting. “It’s important that we have this infrastructure to help retain and attract jobs.”