In the face of ongoing challenges, the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City and our allies are determined to mount a successful campaign for approval of the Missouri transportation sales tax increase, which is coming up for a vote Aug. 5.
We were relieved when the General Assembly approved a ballot measure for a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a three-fourth-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements. The increase would provide more than $5 billion over 10 years for Missouri's critical transportation needs.
As transportation advocates prepare for another year of cuts and delays to critically-needed road projects, there is still hope that the Show Me State will get its transportation act back on the road.
The best hope is that the 2014 Missouri General Assembly will enact legislation to place a ballot initiative to raise the state’s sales tax by a penny to fund critical road and bridge safety improvements. If approved, the new penny tax would generate some $650 million a year for state transportation projects and about $72 million for repairs and safety improvements to city and county roads.
After five years of quiet, the sounds of grading equipment and concrete trucks are back in new residential subdivisions in the Kansas City area, which means more work for heavy constructors.
In April, 444 single-family building permits were issued—the highest for any month since April 2008, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. There were 337 permits in May, the best May since 2007, association data shows.