Missouri proposes fuel tax increase

| Friday, January 11, 2002

Sen. Morris Westfall, of Halfway, has filed a bill to increase the current fuel tax from 17 cents to 22 cents a gallon as well as increase the state sales tax about 0.5 percent to 4.6 percent.

SB915 also would redirect to the state Transportation Department $197 million in fuel and auto sales revenue that currently goes to different agencies for uses other than road construction. The sales tax increase would replace the diverted revenues.

In all, the bill would generate $436 million annually in new transportation funding. If approved by lawmakers, the bill would go to Missouri voters in August. The state recently ranked fourth worst in quality of roads by The Road Information Program.

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