Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Campaign Set to Keep `Road' Sales Tax a Vote on the Issue Could Come as Early as April 5, Officials Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Campaign Set to Keep `Road' Sales Tax a Vote on the Issue Could Come as Early as April 5, Officials Say

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A campaign is being launched this week to persuade voters in St. Charles County to approve the extension of a transportation sales tax of one-half of 1 percent, to continue a road-improvement program into the next century.

A vote on the issue could come as early as April 5. The current tax expires next year, but county officials say that a decision by the voters is needed this year to provide time for planning and design of the road projects.

The ballot wording would assure that the money would be used for "traffic relief, construction, reconstruction and repair of roads and bridges" in St. Charles County.

Spearheading the campaign is a committee called St. Charles County On The Move. It is headed by Don Kohl, who also is chairman of the county Road Board, which advises the County Council on allocating funds for road projects.

Other members of the committee are Don Boehmer, Dave Collins, Rick Kelley, Darrell Roegner, Teri Seiler and Pat Sullivan.

Featured in the campaign is a tentative list of road improvements that could be financed by the $113 million that the sales tax would be expected to generate in 10 years. The list was compiled on the basis of suggestions by municipal planners, the Road Board and consultants from the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council. The improvements appear to offer something for everyone who uses rural or urban roadways that connect with Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 40-61 and the new State Route 370.

In many of the projects, municipalities have pledged specific amounts to supplement the amounts allocated from the county tax. Many of the projects are also expected to qualify for federal money, thus releasing more local money to expand the list of projects.

Here is an abbreviated list of the projects expected to be completed if the sales tax is approved:

In St. Charles, 20 specific projects with a total estimated cost of $36. …

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