ST. LOUIS – A proposed sales tax hike that would have improved road conditions in Missouri is close to failing.
The proposal, known as Amendment 7, would have given a three-quarter of one percent hike for roads.
The latest ballot numbers show the measure with only 33 percent supporting it with 84 percent of precincts counted.
Missourians for Safe Transportation and New jobs released the following statement:
"We're disappointed because we see today's result as a missed opportunity to secure Missouri's transportation future," said Jewell Patek, Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, Inc., campaign manager. "A lot of our road and bridge problems are frankly unseen. In the very near future, our problem is going to get worse and our transportation system is going to deteriorate rapidly. We simply cannot keep our roads in good repair without additional funding. We are committed to continuing this dialogue with Missourians to find a solution they will support."
According to the Associated Press, the amendment would have created 800 transportation projects across the state.
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