When Missourians head to the polls on Aug. 5, they will know exactly what their tax dollars will bring to the state if they approve Constitutional Amendment 7. That’s because the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a list of hundreds of transportation projects that represents the commission’s commitment to Missourians who want to invest in the state’s transportation future.
After years of hard work and collaboration with local transportation planners, the finalized list also culminates the end of the public comment period that began June 13 and included almost 1,200 public comments and over 40 meetings in every region of the state. It represents a substantial investment in Missouri’s transportation infrastructure – but also means safer roads, more jobs, and a better economy.
Amendment 7 is a ballot measure to temporarily raise Missouri’s sales tax by ¾ of a cent. All proceeds from the 10-year tax would go toward much-needed transportation improvements across the state. The amendment’s provisions included the creation of a project list prior to the election.
There are several reasons for residents of Clinton to vote “Yes” on Prop 7 – almost 6,000,000 reasons. Prop 7, if passed, will provide much-needed funds to the city and county for road repair and improvement. There are also two projects designated for Clinton if the proposition passes. The first is expansion of a taxiway at the Clinton airport which will help to accommodate planes landing on the new runway. The second will increase access to health care services in our area. In total Prop 7 will bring over $6,000,000 in projects and funding to our community.
The major project set to take place in Clinton is an extension of Gaines Drive all the way to 52 highway. Gaines Drive is the drive that circles the hospital, Pathways, St. Luke’s and several retail businesses. The road is narrow and has no shoulders. Along with improving Gaines Drive by widening it, the road will be extended to 52 highway which will improve access and new exits from 7 highway and 13 highway will be added.
Prop 7 is good for our state and good for Clinton – a yes vote is all it will take to make it happen.