Joplin Chamber announces support of transportation efforts

Joplin Chamber announces support of transportation efforts
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A news conference was held Thursday with representatives of the City of Joplin and supporters of Amendment 7 to announce the Chamber’s support of the City of Joplin’s Capital Improvement Sales Tax renewal and MoDOT’s Amendment 7. Both issues are critical to transportation and commerce in our area and for the state as a whole.

Proposition A, or the Capital Improvement Sales Tax renewal is not a new tax. Voters will decide August 5 if the 3/8-cent sales tax should continue for 10 more years. In the past 10 years the city has completed some notable projects with the funds including the Zora interchange and the railroad overpass located on Connecticut Street and 26th Street. A citizens committee has identified future projects for the sales tax revenue. Those projects are listed at joplincc.com/caprenew.html.

Amendment 7 is a statewide amendment that also deals with critical transportation issues throughout the state. Cities and counties will receive a portion of the funds generated from the 3/4-cent sales tax. A complete list of identified projects can be found at joplincc.com/fixmoroads.html. Amendment 7 is a solution that will fix Missouri roads, repair/replace unsafe bridges and fund priority transportation projects. It was placed on the ballot by overwhelming bi-partisan majorities in the Missouri House and Senate. The 3/4 cent sales tax will generate approximately $5.4 billion in transportation revenue. The Amendment will improve safety on Missouri roads, increase jobs and offer accountability to tax payers.

Speakers included Rudy Farber, spokesman for Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, and a former chairman of the Missouri Highways & Transportation Commission; Nick Heatherly, City of Joplin public works director; and Chamber president Rob O’Brian.

Information about the reasons for both ballot initiatives can be found at joplincc.com. The website lists completed projects by the City using Capital Improvement funds and it lists proposed transportation projects with the expected revenue from Amendment 7.