ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Missouri voters defeat sales tax hike that would have funded over 800 transportation projects.
Voters got to decide on five amendments at the polls. But, it was the proposed sales tax increase for transportation projects that created a big buzz across the state.
The vote "No" people tell me they`re not against improvements to transportation, they don`t like the way the make-up of the proposal is balanced.
The ¾ of a penny sales tax would raise around five billion dollars. There would be 800 statewide projects, about ten percent of them in the St. Louis region. A great deal of the money would be used by MoDOT for roads and highways. Some of the funds would be spent on other projects on the railways, ports and airports. Vote "No" people think less should be spent on roads and more on things like mass transit.
As for vote "Yes" folks, they say these projects are as balanced as best they could when looking at the whole state. if the amendment goes down in flames tonight so do a lot of jobs.
It looks like the vote yes and vote no folks are going to have to get on the same page if they want some sort of tax increased passed statewide and supported by the majority of citizens.