HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Two open-house meetings will be held in the region this week to gather input on projects that could be tackled by the Missouri Department of Transportation if a three-quarter-cent sales tax is approved by voters on Aug. 5.
A Hannibal listening session will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mark Twain Museum, 120 North Main.
A Kirksville listening session will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Truman State University Student Union.
No formal presentations will be made at the meetings, but MoDOT officials will be on hand to speak with attendees about possible project lists. Comment sheets will be available to gather public input. Commenters also may express themselves on a MoDOT website.
Constitutional Amendment 7 is a ballot measure to temporarily raise Missouri's sales tax for the next 10 years. All proceeds from the tax would go toward needed transportation improvements across the state. The amendment's provisions include the creation of a project list prior to the election so Missourians can see what their tax dollars would fund. The tax would not be collected on food or pharmaceuticals, and the state would not be able to raise the fuel tax or sales tax while the increase was in place.