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Will It Pass — Sales Tax for Transportation?

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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:41 pm

It will be some time before you will see it on the ballot, but people in Missouri will have the opportunity to vote on a special sales tax for transportation, probably in November 2014. The proposed tax would be 1 cent for a 10-year period.

The first step in the initiative procedure has been taken. Secretary of State Jason Kander has put the proposed petition, to get the tax on the ballot, out for public comment. The ballot language has not been approved by Kander’s office yet. Once the language is approved, the task of getting enough signatures on the petition will begin. The petition would amend the Missouri Constitution if voters approved the measure. The number of voter signatures needed must be equal to 8 percent of the votes cast in the 2012 gubernatorial election in six of the state’s eight congressional districts.

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