Highway 5 Corridor Coalition endorses Proposition D to improve safety and highways

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At the most recent meeting of the Highway 5 Corridor Coalition, a unanimous vote was taken to endorse Proposition D on the November ballot. Proposition D raises the motor fuel tax by 2.5 cents each of four years totaling 10 cents per gallon in the fourth year. The funds will directly offset money in the Missouri Department of Transportation budget that is earmarked for the Missouri Highway Patrol. It will increase funding for Missouri roads once fully implemented by $411 million. Missouri ranks 49th in the nation for fuel tax and ranks 46th in the nation for revenue spent per mile of roads. The last time the fuel tax was increased was in 1996.

The Highway 5 Corridor Coalition is made up of representatives from Chariton, Linn, Sullivan, and Putnam Counties and was formed to advocate for road and bridge improvement on or along Highway 5. Brad Scott, Chairman of the Highway 5 Corridor Coalition stated, “Missouri is desperate for improved roads and bridges. While Proposition D falls short of all that is needed, it is a step in the right direction to improve safety and fund road and bridge improvements.”

If passed, Proposition D will generate at least $288 million annually to the State Road Fund to provide for the funding of Missouri state law enforcement and $123 million annually to local governments for road construction and maintenance.” Proposition D would increase funds to MoDOT and have an allocation directly to Cities and Counties in Missouri.

Total City/County Allocation

Grundy County $251,500

Mercer County $223,839

Livingston County $323,292

Caldwell County $313,000

Davies County $379,000

Harrison County $409,000

Chariton – $459,718

Linn – $484,514

Sullivan – $330,930

Putnam – $339,015

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