Highway 5 Corridor Coalition endorses sales tax for transportation infrastructure

The Highway 5 Corridor Coalition, comprised of representatives from Chariton, Linn, Sullivan and Putnam counties, voted on June 24 to endorse Constitutional Amendment 7, the August ballot issue to raise $5.4 billion for transportation in Missouri. The mission of the Highway 5 Corridor Coalition is to advocate for transportation infrastructure improvements along the Highway 5 corridor to enhance safety, accessibility and commerce.

Brad Scott, chairman of the coalition said, â??Our state is in desperate need of transportation infrastructure enhancements and the counties and communities along Highway 5 stand to benefit significantly should the ballot issue pass. If passed, Highway 5 will be widened and rumble strips added from Highway 36, north into Putnam County. Chariton County will see road and bridge improvement in several places, and each county and incorporated city will receive funds to assist in their own priorities.â??

Scott added, â??Our coalition was formed to advocate for the corridor and we have done that. The General Assembly has answered with a ballot issue that answers much of our call. The coalition is pleased to throw its support behind the ballot initiative.â??

The 3/4 cent sales tax exempts groceries, medicine and gasoline and will sunset in 10 years and produce a projected $5.4 billion.