Cole County commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting the passage of Proposition D in the Nov. 6 general election.
State lawmakers in May approved the proposed fuels tax increase, sending it to voters for final approval.
If a majority of Missourians agree, the state would increase its tax — currently 17 cents on the sale of each gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel — by 2.5 cents each year for a four-year period.
Commissioners noted Proposition D would provide $288 million in new, constitutionally protected funding for statewide road and bridge projects and state law enforcement after it is phased in over four years. They said it also would provide $124 million in new, annual state funding for local governments to fix roads and bridges — a 66 percent increase over the current state funding for cities and counties.
Cole County would get $1,381,419 in new revenue if the proposition passes, according to information on pro-Proposition D campaign group SaferMO.com's website. The county would get $624,629 of that amount, Jefferson City would get $677,594, and the seven smaller communities in the county would divide $79,196.
In other action Tuesday, the commission:
Health Department Director Kristi Campbell said they still plan to shut down the old health department on Industrial Drive on Thursday and Friday of next week to facilitate the final move into the new facility. The Health Department plans to be open for business Oct. 1 at the West Truman Boulevard facility.