Gas tax misses required vote

 Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

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The April 8 general election is now a part of history and as in most cases there are a myriad of very happy candidates and voters as well as an equal number of those who are disappointed, heartbroken and even bitter.

One of the issues placed before Elsberry voters last week was that of the one-cent fuel tax proposed as a way to create revenue for the maintenance and repair of the city’s streets.

“We had it on the ballot once before and it failed,” said City Clerk Jo Ann Cordsiemon. “It has to pass by two-thirds or 66 percent and I think one of the reasons it failed the first time was because people really didn’t understand the tax. It’s not one percent, it’s one cent on every gallon and it would probably generate about $20-30,000 for the city of Elsberry to do street work.”

Heading into this year’s election, Cordsiemon was hopeful that voters would be more receptive to the idea.

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