By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
The Missouri Department of Transportation will accept public comments starting next week on what transportation projects should be on the regional and community lists that accompany the transportation sales tax -- Amendment 7 -- that voters will decide in August.
MoDOT Director Dave Nichols said the online comment period will begin at noon June 13, and will close at 5 p.m. June 20. In addition, a schedule of open house meetings in different parts of the state will be announced in coming days. Comments will be accepted through www.modot.org.
"The development of these regional and community priority lists is a culmination of significant outreach and feedback from Missourians all across the state," Nichols said.
Missouri voters will decide Aug. 5 whether the state sales tax will rise by three-quarters of a cent, with all proceeds going toward transportation improvements statewide.
If approved, the general sales tax increase would take effect in 2015 and run for 10 years. It is expected to generate $534 million in annual revenues.
The tax would not be imposed on food, and the Legislature would not be allowed to raise fuel taxes while the sales tax is in place. The state also would not be allowed to charge tolls on existing highways.
A final schedule of open house meetings and a project website where Missourians can provide feedback will be announced in the coming days.
The final list of regional priorities will be submitted to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for approval on June 25.