The state's general election is Nov. 6. Callaway residents will see four Constitutional Amendments and Propositions B, C and D. The Fulton Sun will run information about each ballot measure per day until complete.
This information was provided by the Callaway County Clerk's office.
A "yes" vote will amend Missouri statutes to fund the Missouri Highway Patrol's enforcement and administration of motor vehicle laws and traffic regulations. The source of the funding will be revenue from an increased state tax on motor fuel (including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene and blended fuel). The current state motor fuel tax rate is 17 cents per gallon. The amendment will increase the rate as follows:
19.5 cents per gallon beginning July 1.
22 cents per gallon beginning July 1, 2020.
24.5 cents per gallon beginning July 1, 2021.
27 cents per gallon beginning July 1, 2022.
The amendment also will increase the tax on alternative fuels for motor vehicles (including compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas and propane gas). The amendment will increase the rate from 17 cents to 27 cents per unit equivalent to a gallon of gasoline or diesel, beginning Jan. 1, 2026.
The amendment will require the state auditor to audit the state's use of the revenue generated by these taxes every two years.
Additionally, the amendment will allow a state income tax deduction for the value of any prize or award won in the Olympic Games, Paralympics or Special Olympics; and it will create an "Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund," which will be dedicated to financing road improvement projects in the state.
A "no" vote will not amend Missouri statutes to increase the motor fuel tax, exempt certain prizes from state taxes and establish the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund.
If passed, this measure will increase taxes on motor fuel.