(KMOV) – A debate is brewing over a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the sales tax to help repair roads and bridges.
Supporters of Amendment 7, who have outspent opponents, say the money is needed to repair much of Missouri’s infrastructure. MoDOT told News 4 the agency will soon be low on money that is used to maintain roads and bridges. Some estimates claim the sales tax proposal would raise $6 billion over ten years.
“It’s good and bad, nobody wants to pay more money especially nowadays, but if the roads need the work, they need the work,” St. Charles resident Ryan Knight said.
Newspapers across Missouri are divided on whether passing Amendment 7 is a good idea. Major dallies in Columbia, Joplin, St. Joseph, and Springfield support the measure while those in St. Louisand Cape Girardeau are urging people to vote against it at the polls.
“They need work bad because we have a lot of potholes and stuff,” St. Charles resident Hamesd Stovall said.
Despite the consensus that roads in Missouri need work, opposition to the amendment may be growing. Tax Foundation.org said Missouri’s average sales tax is 7.58 percent and some say it would rise to around 13 percent in some areas if the amendment is adopted. Those opposed have also said it will hurt the poorest residents the hardest.