Missouri voters turned down Constitutional Amendment 7 by a margin of 59 percent (590,495 votes) to 41 percent (407,532 votes). The measure would have raised the state sales tax by ¾-cent for 10 years and generated $5.4 billion (10 percent of that total would have been split among cities and counties). During the same 10-year period, the state gas tax would have been frozen. Had it passed, the amendment would have enabled more than 800 locally prioritized projects on the state system across all modes of transportation.
In July, the start of fiscal year 2009, Amendment 3 is fully phased-in, providing MoDOT with all of the motor vehicle sales tax revenues previously going to General Revenue.
MoDOT sold bonds for a portion of the new Interstate 64, a design-build project in the St. Louis region. For the first time, MoDOT secured bonds primarily with federal funds, rather than state funds. These bonds are called Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonds.
In November, Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 3, which requires all revenues collected from the sale of motor vehicles come to MoDOT. Previously, half of the sales tax went to MoDOT and half to the state’s general revenue fund. It requires the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to issue bonds for building highway and bridge projects and uses these additional revenues to pay back the bonds over a period of time. The additional Amendment 3 revenues are to be phased-in over a 4 year period in 25 percent increments.
- Legislation is passed extending the 6-cents-per-gallon
motor-fuel tax, which was due to expire in 2008. Proposition
B, an omnibus transportation bill that would have increased
the motor-fuel tax by 4 cents per gallon and the general
sales tax by 1/2 percent, is defeated by voters by a 3-to-1
- Legislation was passed, effective May 30, 2000, allowing
MoDOT to issue $2.25 billion in bond financing to accelerate
highway improvements. Up to $250 million in bonds can
be issued in 2000 and up to $2 billion from 2001 through
2006. Projects funded by the first $250 million were required
to come from MoDOT's 5-Year Statewide Transportation Improvement
Program. MoDOT can issue up to $500 million per year in
bond financing through the year 2006. MoDOT submits a
bond financing project list to the Legislature each January
- A 6-cent per gallon increase in the motor fuel tax is
passed by the Legislature. The 6 cents is to be phased
in over a 5-year period; 2 cents in 1992, 2 cents in 1994
and 2 cents in 1996.
- Proposition A, a constitutional amendment to increase
the motor fuel tax by 4 cents per gallon, is approved
by the people. It becomes effective June 1.
- Fees for motor vehicles and truck classes not raised
in 1983 are increased.
- Fees for some classes of trucks are increased.
- Proposition B, a constitutional amendment to raise the
motor fuel tax by 4 cents per gallon, is defeated by the
- Voters approve a constitutional amendment changing the
CART distribution formula. Counties receive 10 instead
of 5 percent, cities receive the same 15 percent and the
state receives 75 instead of 80 percent. The law is effective
Jan. 1, 1980. The amendment also merges the Highway Department
with the Transportation Department. Also included in this
legislation is a provision that one-half of the motor
vehicle sales tax go to finance road and bridge construction.
Of this half, 74 percent would go to the state, 15 percent
to the cities and 10 percent to the counties. The remaining
1 percent goes for planning of other transportation modes.
- An initiative petition to increase the fuel tax 3 cents
per gallon is defeated.
- The Legislature passes a bill increasing the gas tax
from 5 cents to 7 cents per gallon.
- The Legislature passes a bill temporarily raising the
fuel tax from 3 cents to 5 cents per gallon. The bill
provides that a constitutional amendment be put before
the people which would allow cities and counties to share
in state motor fuel tax revenues. If the amendment is
not submitted within six months, or if it is rejected,
the tax would revert to 3 cents. Voters approve the amendment
on March 6, 1962, and the 5-cent per gallon tax becomes
permanent. This act establishes the County Aid Road Trust
- On March 24, an act is approved increasing the motor
vehicle tax from 2 cents to 3 cents per gallon. The law
becomes effective July 29.
- On April 4, Missourians again reject a referendum proposal
to increase the motor vehicle tax. The proposal would
have increased the tax from 2 cents to 4 cents per gallon.
- On Nov. 8, the people defeat by referendum election
an attempt of the Legislature to raise the fuel tax from
2 cents to 3 cents per gallon. At the same time, an initiative
petition proposal to amend the Constitution to fix the
fuel tax at 3 cents for 10 years is also defeated.
- A 2-cent tax rate for motor vehicle fuel is adopted
by a vote of the people under initiative petition. It
is the state's first motor fuel tax.