PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Platte County commissioners plan to have voters decide in November if a county tax that pays for new roads and repairs to old ones should be renewed.

The Platte County Commission is working to finalize the tax amount as well as finalizing ballot language. Commissioners hope to have both of those completed by Aug. 22.

The latest proposal actually lowers the sales tax from 3/8 of a cent to 1/4 of a cent. If approved, it would be paid for the next decade.

“Twenty years ago the county had a large number of bridges that needed to be replaced. It took a huge amount of money over many years to get that done. Now that we are down to the last few bridges, we can reduce the amount of money collected,” Joe Vanover, Platte County Commissioner, said about lowering the tax.

The tax money is also used to build and repair bridges, drainage structures and sidewalks.

Here’s the proposed ballot language, which has not been finalized:

“Shall the County of Platte renew the countywide sales tax for the use of transportation-related projects, including, but not limited to, roads, bridges, drainage structures, and sidewalks, at the rate of one fourth of one percent for a period of ten years from the date on which such tax will expire?”

The county is taking comments from cities, road districts and the public on the proposal. You can send your comments to

The commission still has to make the final vote to put this issue on the November ballot.

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