Results of tax to fund streetcar project vote released - KCTV5 News


Voters approve creation of special taxing district for streetcar

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The results are in and voters have approved the creation of a special taxing district for a streetcar line to run through Kansas City.

The final tally was 460 ballots were submitted by registered voters living within the proposed district. The election board spent Wednesday counting the ballots and certifying the results.

The measure passed with a final vote count of 319 to 141.

Now there will then be a second election later this year that will address specific tax rates.The maximum property tax rate increase would be 48 cents.

"The people are very excited to have this downtown," said David Johnson, who serves on the Streetcar Governance Committee.

More than 600 people applied for ballots.

The district would include a two-mile route from the River Market to Crown Center.

Warren Erdman, who was appointed by Mayor Sly James as chairman of the committee, said a new authority would oversee the system if it's put in place.

"A new authority will be created and appointed by the property owners and the city. And that authority will be contracted to operate the system," Erdman said.

The actual rate and the start dates would be set by that authority. The project is expected to cost $100 million and so far the city's efforts to secure federal funding have been rejected.

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