Workmen with a Rolla firm lay asphalt in June on Airport Road. The job was part of the City of Houston's annual asphalt improvements. The project is financed by a quarter-cent sales tax earmarked for streets and sidewalks. 

Houston residents will be asked to approve the extension of a quarter-cent sales tax on Nov. 4 ballot.

The tax — which is used for sidewalk and street work — appears before voters every five years. It’s the sixth time the issue has been on the ballot since it was implemented in 1990. Each time voters have overwhelmingly supported it with 75-80 percent approval.

Merchants collect about $150,000 annually, and the money is used for projects that include the asphalt overlay program. Most recently, motorists saw improvements to Airport Road, North Industrial Drive, Main Street and Holder Drive. A seal coat also was done on South Thomasville Road. Houston’s streets, as the result of the sales tax, are considered some of the best in south-central Missouri, says City Administrator Larry Sutton.

A simple majority is required for passage.

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