"The issue we hear the most no matter where we go is transportation," Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright said. "We all have needs and there isn't enough money to keep up with them."

Miller County officials want to improve county roads and will be asking voters April 4 to approve an increase in the county sales tax by one-half cent which would be earmarked for transportation. The county's existing half-cent is used to run the various county offices.
"The issue we hear the most no matter where we go is transportation," Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright said. "We all have needs and there isn't enough money to keep up with them."
The half-cent increase — bringing the total county sales tax to 1 cent — would raise an estimated $1.5 million.
"We want the money to benefit the whole county so we've come up with percentages based on our CART money to distribute it to every entity in the county that receives CART (County Aid Road Trust) money. This will not be a fix for all of our problems, but it will be a big help. We have to start somewhere and this is where we decided to go," Wright explained.
The funds would help cover material for roadways, equipment, wages and other incidentals. Miller County has approximately 141 low water crossings, a lot of which need replaced or repaired, Wright explained. The county also receives Off-System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program (BRO) money from the federal government administered through MoDOT and has to match 20 percent of the cost of the bridges that are built with that money. 
"This year we had to give $160,000 of our allocation in trade to another county to provide that match," Wright said. "That's money we could spend on a small bridge."

Distribution would approximately be as follows:
Miller County -- $1,122,150
Bagnell -- $4,500
Brumley -- $4,350
Eldon-- $222,750
Iberia -- $35,850
Lake Ozark -- $77,400
Olean -- $6,150
St. Elizabeth -- $15,350
Tuscumbia -- $9,900
The Miller County Commission will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Christ the King Church in Lake Ozark as an informational opportunity. Miller County residents are invited to attend and ask questions.

Ballot Language
Shall the county of Miller impose an additional countywide sales tax of one-half of one percent for the purpose of providing general operating revenue for the county?
There is no sunset provision for the half-cent increase.