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New gas tax to provide boost to local city and county roads in Missouri

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HANNIBAL, MO (WGEM) -- Starting October 1, be prepared to pay more to fill up your gas tank in Missouri.

The state's gas tax will increase 2.5 cents per gallon.

A new MoDOT report shows that hike will provide a big financial boost to northeast Missouri.

MoDOT's newly released Fuel Tax Projection shows that the tax hike will bring in an additional $76.3 million to for cities and counties to fund improvement projects statewide.

Engineer Paula Gough said this extra money will allow the northeast region to reconsider projects that might were set aside in years past.

"Those communities that are served by the low volume roads," Gough said. "It is very important to agriculture. But also to the more heavily traveled highways, which is US 36, 61, 63, and 64 which is used heavily by tourists, commerce, and freight. So all of those things really can be considered as we get through this planning process."

It's not just roads.

Gough said the additional tax funds will also go toward airport and waterway improvements, which is important with most northeast Missouri communities located on or near the Mississippi river.

The report also shows the city of Canton, Missouri will bring in an additional $46,153 a year, which Mayor Jarrod Phillips says is a 25% increase in the budget to help with local projects.

"Roads is the most talked about thing from our citizens," Phillips said. "I don't think that is different anywhere else. Roads are things we drive on everyday. Local government impacts our life everyday, whether that's in delayed travel time with maintenance or issues with your cars hitting potholes. We recognize that and we try to do it with the money we have, but it is limited."

Phillips said the main issue smaller communities like Canton will face is cost of materials and aging infrastructure.

He said that extra money will only go to one street of road at this time, so they may have to save up a few years to address bigger projects.

To look at the full list of counties and cities that will be impacted by the tax, CLICK HERE to see the projection.

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