Missouri gas tax fails, leaves few resources to improve roads & infrastructure

MoDOT had hoped to improve roads with a new gas tax, but voters shot that down.

Last month's gas tax not passing in the Show-Me State means fewer resources to fund Missouri Department of Transportation Projects.

Last month Missouri voters struck down Proposition D, also known as the gas tax.

The tax would've increased gas two and a half cent per gallon annually for four years.

The measure was expected to generate $288 million dollars to the State Road Fund.

"I drive for a living so I'm on the roads a lot," Missouri driver Jim Charles said.

Jim Charles is a sales representative who lives in Kansas City.

Charles says he's driven all over Missouri.

"I've been driving since 1983."

In his 35 years of driving, Charles says he's driven on some bad roads.

"A lot of pot holes," Charles said. "Worse now than they have been in the past. I've noticed a big difference."

MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Kevin James says the failure of proposition D restricts resources to maintain roads.

"There are a lot of needs out there for mainly improving our system but our focus is just going to be to do the best job with the resources that we have and continue to work to maintain our system," James said.

Even with less available resources, James says safety is always top priority.

"I think they need a lot of work done," Charles stated.

For a list of upcoming road projects, you can go to

MoDOT does have a tax calculator on its website. It gives you an estimate of how much of your taxes are actually going towards infrastructure and roads in the Show Me State.

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