Voters reject expanding streetcars in Kansas City

Kansas City streetcar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City voters have stalled a plan to create a special taxing district to fund expansion of a streetcar line beyond downtown.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election show 60 percent of voters rejected the proposal for funding to build a streetcar system beyond a two-mile starter route.

The Kansas City Star reports the result means city officials will not put proposed sales and property tax increases to help pay the local share of a $515 million transit plan on November’s ballot.

Mayor Sly James says he was disappointed by the defeat. He says the city will try to find other ways to expand the streetcar line but he conceded that the city currently has no backup plan for pursuing the project.

 

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