, the General Assembly established the
21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force
, a 23-member bipartisan panel comprised of participants from the House of Representatives, Senate, Executive Branch and private sector. It was charged to evaluate and make recommendations about Missouri's transportation system and
It released its report January 2 recommending a 10 cent increase to the state's gas tax for each gallon and a 12-cent tax increase for diesel fuel to maintain Missouri's more than 3,000 miles of highway.
North County Inc. supports the fuel tax increase.
The tax increase is estimated to generate a revenue stream of $50 to $70 million
transit and other multi-modal transportation
additional $430 million a year for roads and bridges.
nearly two decades, gas and diesel taxes haven't increased from 17 cents.
"North County is among Missouri's aging, deteriorating transportation infrastructure and is in dire need of repair, maintenance and upgrades.
This investment would go a long way to improving travel safety and economic development
," said North County Inc. Board President
Dr. Chris Kilbride.
"It is critical MoDOT receives a revenue stream that provides the ability to maintain its roads and bridges as well as funds for major capital improvements such as the reconstruction of I-270 in North County." said
Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider.
Transit funding in Missouri was cut to $1.7 million for State Fiscal Year 2018. Currently, Missouri ranks 46th in the country with respect to transit funding. The proposed fuel tax hike would have to be passed by the legislature and Missouri voters.