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Kansas City voters citywide should have say in future streetcar projects, PAC says

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The mail-in ballot applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. (KCTV) The mail-in ballot applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Election Day in Kansas City is Tuesday and there are three initiatives on the ballot. Two are about the streetcar and the other is about raising the minimum wage. 

Before you head to the polls to vote, here is a little more about what is on the ballot. 

Currently, the last stop on the Kansas City Streetcar is at Union Station. But one political action committee wants voters citywide to have a say in future streetcar projects. 

SMART KC is the PAC behind an initiative petition that appears on the ballot as Question 1. 

It would keep the city from planning any future construction or buying an land related to the streetcar. It also calls for a fine of $1,000 per day for non-compliance. However, SMART KC says it can be removed. 

Sherry DeJanes, the treasurer for SMART KC, says the initiative isn't saying don't expand the streetcar but saying to ask taxpayers before you do. 

"Our goal was to hold the city accountable and say look city if you want to do this before you start suspending millions of our dollars … ask us if it's a project that we want. Don't put the cart before the horse,” DeJanes said.

The streetcar currently goes from Union Station to the River Market.  Transit KC is pushing for an expansion to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Part one of a three-part vote passed Friday. 

Some streetcar riders agree there needs to be a vote before money is spent, while others don't. 

"I could see why the residents would want that, but I don't know. It's up to them,” streetcar rider Chris Kennedy said.

"If they had select focus groups that would be a good idea, but you're never going to make everybody happy all the time so I think they should take that with a grain of salt,” Dan Lickel said.

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