Monday, January 08, 2018
Show-Me The Road Ahead: Fixing Kansas City Broadway Bridge And Busted Local Highways Will Cost Missouri Drivers Big Bucks!!!
Tragic realization for 2018 - All of that recently voter approved GO BOND MONEY doesn't come close to meeting the needs of old and busted local streets.
HIGHER FEES FOR DRIVERS AND FANCY ELECTRIC CARS ARE ALREADY ON THE TABLE AND EARNING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT!!!
Here's how Missouri is going to pay for much needed repair . . .
OZ First: Tolls and Fees Suggested as Future Missouri Highway Funding
The best short-term funding solution is raising the gas tax by a dime per gallon and indexing the fuel tax to rise with inflation.
But the report also says a wider variety of solutions are needed to fund transportation long-term. Missouri's gas tax revenue "will be challenged" in the long run "due to the move towards high-efficiency vehicles, changing travel patterns, and electric alternative fuels."
"We put a lot of time and effort into looking at more sustainable, diversified revenue that will help us eventually in the future replace the fuel tax, because it will become less viable 15 to 20 years down the road," said Rep. Kevin Corlew, who chaired the transportation task force.
Among the task force's suggestions to the state legislature: increasing fees paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles on driver's licenses and vehicle registrations.
Corlew, R-Kansas City, said these fees, like the gas tax, have not kept up with inflation over several decades. A 10 percent bump across the board, he said, could increase annual revenue by about $30 million.
Developing . . .