MoDOT officials mull other options in wake of sales tax defeat

Photo courtesy of MoDOT
Photo courtesy of MoDOT

The day after Missouri voters rejected a proposed sales tax increase that would have funded transportation projects, officials from the Missouri Department of Transportation said they’re willing to consider other funding options.

Solutions might include an increase in the fuel tax, installation of toll booths or a change to license and registration fees. But those moves will require legislative action and time, MoDOT officials said.

Constitutional Amendment 7 would have increased the state’s sales tax by three-quarters of a cent, but 59 percent of voters rejected it.

In addition to funding new projects, the sales tax was designed to address the transportation department’s chronic budget problems. MoDOT projects its construction budget to fall to about $385 million a year by 2017.

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