On October 16, 2018, the Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution urging voters in Parkville and throughout Missouri to become knowledgeable on Proposition D, an issue on the November 6, 2018, ballot related to funding for improved roads, highways and bridges. The resolution urges voters to determine whether they support or oppose the funding through an increase in the motor fuel tax and to participate by voting in the November 6th election.
The Missouri General Assembly placed an issue on the November ballot for a statutory referendum to fund Missouri law enforcement and maintenance for highways, bridges, roads and streets. If passed, Proposition D will raise the motor fuel tax by 2.5 cents per gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019, and will enable the Missouri Department of Transportation to address a backlog of road projects.
It is estimated that, if passed, the measure will generate at least $288 million annually to the State Road Fund to provide for funding of Missouri state law enforcement and $123 million annually to local governments for road construction and maintenance. The impact to the City of Parkville is estimated at $87,359 and the funds would be used for road and bridge maintenance and improvements in the community.
Voters will see the following language on their November ballot: Shall Missouri law be amended to fund Missouri state law enforcement by increasing the motor fuel tax by two and one half cents per gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019, exempt Special Olympic, Paralympic, and Olympic prizes from state taxes, and to establish the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund?
Mayor Johnston said “Missouri ranks in the bottom two states on fuel tax, yet has the 7th largest state highway system and the 6th largest bridge system in the country. In addition, a portion of the fuel tax will go to municipalities to assist with funding for local road and bridge projects.”
For more information about Proposition D, visit http://www.safermo.com. To learn more about the City’s resolution, contact City Administrator Joe Parente at (816) 741-7676.