The push to raise the gas tax in Missouri failed in November, but city leaders raised the question this week about whether Kansas City can pass its own gas tax increase.
Missouri has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country. In November, the vote to raise the tax failed by more than 100,000 votes. In Kansas City, it failed by 5,000 votes.
“Nobody wants to pay more for anything, taxes or just in general. Nobody is seeing any results, we are going to improve the roads, but no one ever sees anything being done,” Matt Wells said.
Both Republican and Democratic politicians supported the push to raise the gas tax, but voters said no.
In a city meeting on Tuesday, leaders questioned whether Kansas City could raise the gas tax on its own. The answer is yes.