A dump truck unloads a batch of hot asphalt into a paving machine as crews work in September on Airport Road as part of the City of Houston's annual road improvement program.

Residents of the City of Houston will decide Nov. 5 whether they want to extend a long-standing quarter-cent sales tax that is used for streets and sidewalk upkeep.

The tax generated about $172,000 last year. A good portion is used annually for the city’s asphalt overlay program.

Over the years, that has led to Houston’s streets being recognized as some of the best in south-central Missouri. It also has resulted in street expansions, such as Lilly Avenue and C.W. Harry Drive.

A simple majority is required for passage, which would extend it for another five years before appearing before voters again.

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