In the April 8 general election Elsberry voters approved a citywide one-cent fuel tax that had been proposed as a way to create revenue for the maintenance and repair of the city’s streets. However, the ballot measure passed by a simple majority only, and failed to meet the two-thirds or 66 percent requirement that would have made it official.
City officials feel it would generate approximately $20,000 to be used for street maintenance. City leaders decided to place it on the Aug. 5 ballot.
One of the most important points, according to city leaders, is the fact that any revenues generated by the tax can by law only be used for the maintenance and repair of city streets and nothing else.
The loss of businesses and of population in Elsberry has led to a decrease in overall tax revenue for the city and that without passage of the gas tax the money for Elsberry’s streets simply won’t be available.