Kirksville leaders are expected tonight to place a question seeking approval of extending the city’s one-half cent transportation sales tax on the April ballot. Kirksville voters first approved a one-half cent transportation sales tax in 1987, and voted again in 1990, 1994 and then in 2004 voted to extend the tax. Unless voters approve extending the tax again, it expires December 31, 2015. The sales tax funds a wide range of transportation-related projects and programs, and generates about $1.2-million annually.
The transportation sales tax provides for: asphalt overlay, cold mix and seal coating or concrete reconstruction of existing streets; complete reconstruction of existing streets; construction of new streets; storm drainage improvements, engineering, design and inspection services, right-of-way acquisition, a limited amount for the airport, and a small amount that funds Kirk Tran.