Lawmakers ask public to critique MoDOT funding options

A public meeting is Tuesday evening in Lee's Summit

Kara Marxer
July 25, 2017 - 7:04 am

A group of lawmakers is asking for feedback on a few ideas to deal with the Missouri Department of Transportation's budget, which is inadequate to fix the state's crumbling roads and bridges.

MoDOT has about $825-million in high-priority projects that are not funded. 

Rep. Jeff Messenger and other members of the Missouri House Policy Development Caucus are holding a public meeting in Lee's Summit Tuesday evening. 

There are several options for fixing the budget crisis, Messenger said.

"One of those options would be indexing the user fees," Messenger said. "There's a lot of user fees that haven't been increased since, some of them '69, some in the early 80s."

User fees, which include gas taxes and drivers license charges, can be increased in increments that are tied to the consumer price index, Messenger said.

Another proposal would involve a statewide sales tax dedicated to MoDOT. 

Tuesday's meeting will be held at the Lee's Summit City Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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