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New transportation sales tax would add more than $80,000 for area cities

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (June 21, 2014) — When voters go to the polls in August, in addition to candidates for state and county office, they’ll find Constitutional Amendment No. 7 on the ballot, which would authorize a change in the state’s system of road funding to add a 3/4-cent sales tax to the existing per-gallon gas tax as a new means of funding transportation.

The ballot language says the new sales tax, which will expire in 10 years, “is expected to produce $480 million annually to the state’s Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund and $54 million for local governments.”

How much of that $54 million will reach local cities?

According to statistics prepared by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, the proposed sales tax would generate more than $80,000, ranging from $7,614 and $33,156 per year for each of the four Pulaski County cities which are MRPC members, as follows:

  • $7,614 for Crocker
  • $10,638 for Dixon
  • $29,808 for St. Robert
  • $33,156 for Waynesville

Richland, which is mostly in Pulaski County but whose city limits cross county lines into Camden and Laclede counties, isn’t a MRPC member community and isn’t on the MRPC list.

The tax revenue “is distributed to cities based on the ratio of the city’s population to the total population of all cities in Missouri,” according to the MRPC report.

Since the distribution of the new sales tax will be based on population, the percentages could change with time, MRPC officials noted. Rolla will receive more than a quarter of the revenue in the eight-county MRPC region, with $134,298 per year out of $488,457 for all cities in the MRPC region.

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