The major projects being proposed with revenue raised by an August ballot issue might look familiar to many Missourians. All but two of the projects on the list before the State Transportation Commission were on the 1992 15-year highway plan approved when lawmakers raised the fuel tax by six cents. Transportation Director Henry Hungerbeeler says the new plan is better than the 1992 plan, because it is based on better information and there are new people in charge of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Hungerbeeler promises these projects, unlike those outlined in 1992, will get done. Transportation Commission Chairman Ollie Gates of Kansas City says the mistakes of ’92 should not affect the credibility of MODOT. Commissioners will review three options for spending the new revenue Tuesday, June 25th. Voters in August will be asked to approve a half-cent increase in the state sales tax and a four cent increase in the fuel tax to add nearly $500-Million dollars a year to MODOT’s budget.
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