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May 19, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. |  By: Yehle

Transportation Funding Tax Going to Vote in November

Missourians will be voting on a state sales tax increase in November.

House Joint Resolution 68 passed through the Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday. The transportation funding bill proposes a constitutional amendment imposing a .75% increase in the state sales and use tax for a 10-year period.

Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Dave Nichols, says there is a local impact that comes with the bill.

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The bill also includes a required prohibition that fuel taxes cannot be increased nor can there be tolling on any MoDOT or local road or bridge in the state of Missouri over the ten-year period.

Nichols described the tax increase is needed because of a decline in revenue.

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Missouri voters now have the power to decide the fate of the bill in the November election.