Relief May Be in Sight for MoDOT Budget

| January 25, 2013 | 11:37 pm
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The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission proposed a tax increase this week to benefit the state’s transportation system. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to spokesman Bob Brindel:

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If approved, the the one cent general sales and use tax would have significant impact on the future of the department and allow them to return to a level near where they were prior to budget cuts.  “Over a ten year period, it would generate $7.9 billion that would be shared with cities and counties,” said Brindel,” Some of it would be used to rebuild and expand I-70 and the rest would be distributed to the seven MoDOT regions based on the commission’s revenue sharing formula.”

Brindel went on to explain the department’s current funding level and maintenance-only status.  “Right now, our construction budget is at approximately $700 million, but it wasn’t too long ago that it was at $1.2 billion,” said Brindel,” We are maintaining the system to the best of our ability with the resources we have, but with vehicles getting better gas mileage, people driving less and using other modes of transportation, the fuel tax, as it stands today which is the primary way transportation is funded, will  not be a growing revenue source moving forward.”

According to Brendel, it is the hope of the commission that  state lawmakers place the proposal before Missouri voters.

Press Release:

Kevin Keith, director of the Missouri Department of

Transportation, issued the following statement this afternoon in response

to the funding proposal that was unveiled today by Missouri Highways and

Transportation Commission Chairman Rudy Farber. Farber was speaking at the

2013 Missouri Conference on Transportation, co-sponsored by the Missouri

Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Farm Bureau.

“We are excited the Commission has taken leadership in pursuing a

real solution to Missouri’s transportation funding problems. We are also

very appreciative of the Legislature’s heightened awareness of the value of

transportation investment for our state. The Commission’s proposal could go

a long way toward creating jobs, making roads safer, reducing commuter

congestion and stimulating economic activity for a more competitive

Missouri.”

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