Judge orders KC light rail issue to go to voters

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Jackson County judge has given Kansas City officials until June 23 to submit proposed ballot language for a tax initiative to pay for a light rail system.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/SJOKaY ) reports light rail activist Clay Chastain has proposed construction of a multimodal transit system to be headquartered at Union Station.

He gathered enough signatures in 2011 to put a three-eighths cent sales tax increase to voters, but the city said the tax wouldn’t raise enough money and refused to put it on a ballot.

Circuit Judge Sandra Midkiff ruling on Friday gives Chastain a victory by ordering the issue to go to a vote, while the city gets a partial win by being able to say how the ballot language will be worded.

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