City Council to Consider Half Cent Transportation Sales Tax

September 11, 2015
Ryan Eidson, staff reporter

The Macon City Council will meet in regular session next Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 pm and consider a proposed ordinance for a half cent sales tax for 10 years for transportation purposes. This proposed tax, if approved by the Council, would go to voters at the April 5, 2016 general election and would require a majority vote at the polls.

The Transportation Infrastructure Planning Committee met September 1 to discuss possible funding sources for fixing city streets. They decided in their meeting on September 8 to recommend to the full Council “a sales tax of one-half of one percent (half cent) for a ten year period for transportation purposes”. “Transportation purposes,” according to state law, RSMo 94.700.9, “shall mean financial support of a public mass transportation system; the construction, reconstruction, repair and maintenance of streets, roads, sidewalks, trails, community-owned parking lots, and bridges within a municipality; the construction, reconstruction, repair and maintenance of airports owned and operated by municipalities; the acquisition of lands and rights-of-way for streets, roads, sidewalks, trails, community-owned parking lots, bridges, and airports; and planning and feasibility studies for streets, roads, sidewalks, trails, community-owned parking lots, bridges, and airports.”
The maximum rate for a transportation sales tax, per state law, is a half cent (RSMo 94.705.3).