JCEDC SUPPORTS PROPOSITION D
Following unanimous approval at the October 2, 2018 meeting of the Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) Board of Directors, I am pleased to offer our support of the November 6th ballot measure Proposition D, motor fuel tax increase of 2.5 cents/gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019.
Currently, Missouri has the 7th largest transportation system nationwide but ranks 49th nationally in revenue per mile, with one of the lowest fuel taxes in the country. If passed on November 6th, Proposition D will generate at least $228 million annually to the State Road Fund to provide for the funding of Missouri state law enforcement and $123 million annually to local governments for road construction and maintenance. Annual funds to be received by Johnson County are estimated at over $750,000. Additionally, the seven Johnson County communities are estimated to receive a combined total of $400,000 annually. Local funds will be used for construction, repair, maintenance, and safety improvements to roads and bridges.
The motor fuel tax, if approved, would be the first motor fuel tax increase in Missouri since 1996. When fully implemented in 2022, the average driver will spend $5.10 per month for safer state roads and law enforcement. Because the tax is a user fee, with those who use the transportation system the most paying the most, it would not burden poorer citizens.
JCEDC is an economic development agency that serves the entire Johnson County area. As such, JCEDC is dedicated to the growth and viability of existing business, support and development of entrepreneurs and business attraction across the county.
Again, JCEDC fully supports Proposition D. A safer, improved transportation system in Johnson County will make the area more appealing to business owners who require safer and accessible transportation options, therefore contributing to the economic vitality of the community and surrounding areas.
For more information contact:
Aimee Courtaway, JCEDC