Just two months after Pittsburg voters turned back the City Commission’s opportunity to raise money for street repair and maintenance, voters changed their minds.

Just two months after Pittsburg voters turned back the City Commission’s opportunity to raise money for street repair and maintenance, voters changed their minds.

During the primary election in August, voters dismissed a .25 percent sales tax increase in Pittsburg to raise approximately $500,000 per year to fix Pittsburg streets.

However, in the November General Election, voters changed their minds and approved the measure by a margin of 600 votes.

Under the language of the question, the money generated from the sales tax increase can only be used for street repair and maintenance and will only be available for five years before it sunsets.

Despite the fact that the measure failed during the August ballot, officials took the chance to put the question back on the November general election ballot. But city officials felt that it was a calculated risk to take.

“My thought was that we had to do something,” City Commissioner Marty Beasley said. “There wasn’t any funds to do anything. I don’t know if it was a gamble as much as we needed to do something.”