Gas tax rises in Missouri Friday


JOPLIN, Mo. — No one likes paying more at the pump — but starting this week, it will cost more at all Missouri gas stations.

Friday marks the first in a series of increases approved by state lawmakers and the governor. Gas will cost an extra two and a half cents a gallon. That brings the Missouri state tax on a gallon of gas to 19.5 cents.

The state tax will go up by 2.5 cents each year for the next four years until it reaches 29.5 cents per gallon.

“It’s probably 12 or 13 thousand miles,” said Bill Williams, Joplin Driver.

The mileage Joplin driver Bill Williams puts on his car a year.

He knows the gas tax he pays is going up, an extra two and a half cents at the pump.

“I don’t think it’ll be a big difference,” said Williams.

But it does add up.

The first year alone is expected to raise about 90 million dollars for the state – funding for high-priority transportation projects.

“It’s desperately needed for infrastructure for roads, bridges. About 40% of our highway traffic is non-Missourian. And if we finance it only through general revenue. Only the people that pay tax in Missouri are paying for the roads entirely. So we, we don’t do it that way,” said Mo Sen. Bill White, R.

Lawmakers say a driver putting 20 thousand miles a year on a vehicle that gets 20 miles per gallon will spend about 20 dollars more on the gas tax.

There is a refund option for some residents.

“What you need — it’s your VIN number, who you are, where you bought the gas from, who bought it, the date of the purchase. And you don’t actually have to mail in your receipts you keep track of it, and you have to keep your receipts in case you’re audited,” said Senator White.

The Missouri Department of Revenue will start taking those applications with the “Motor Fuel Tax Highway Use Refund” claim form.

So the gas tax paid now through next June can be filed next July through September.

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