Transportation trust fund on ballot in Cape Girardeau

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Voters in Cape Girardeau will be asked to decide whether or not to extend a half cent sales tax.  It was first approved in 1995.  It's part of the transportation trust fund.

Projects in-progress or completed as a result of the fund include Mount Auburn Road, Veterans Memorial Drive, and Fountain Street.

"The tax generates around five million dollars a year," said City Manager Scott Meyer.

Voters are asked to extend the tax every five years.

"They won't be paying additional money," said Meyer. "Tuesday they will just be asked to extend the tax for five years. It also goes towards paving and repairs and things like that."

In some spots phase four would pick up where phase three left off. One example would be completely extending Veterans Memorial Drive from Scenic to Hopper.

But what if voters say no?

"Those existing roads we won't be able to repair and resurface," said Meyer. "Others we won't be able to go ahead with the work."

We asked voters for their thoughts on the tax.

"I haven't decided yet," said Ann Vandiver.

"I know a lot of people are watching every penny," said Donna Magwitz. "But I think a sales tax is a fair tax."

Meyer says if voters don't approve the extension, they will consider getting it on the ballot at a later time.

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