Jefferson City

(Jefferson City) The gradual increase of Missouri’s fuel tax has started.

When the governor signed Senate Bill 262 last month it included an increase of two-and-a-half cents a year over a five-year period.

That will hike the state’s fuel tax from 17 cents to 29-and-a-half cents a gallon.

State officials say the additional revenue will go toward maintaining Missouri’s roads and bridges.

People can apply for a refund of the tax increase if they keep their receipt when they fill up and file it with their income taxes.