Does Stretch have $20 million to keep fighting the streetcar?

  • The Pitch
  • The legal fight over the streetcar lingers on.


Lawyers representing the downtown streetcar district asked an appeals court judge to make Stretch and a River Market businesswoman post a $20 million bond in order to keep fighting the project in court.

Streetcar advocates are nervous that lingering litigation will cramp financing deadlines for the $100 million project. Monday’s court filing calls Grinders owner Jeff “Stretch” Rumaner and Sue Ann Burke a couple of “disgruntled taxpayers” – as though the courts are full of litigants who are not disgruntled – standing in the way of a 1 percent sales-tax increase and special assessment that will finance the two-mile streetcar stretching from the River Market to Crown Center.

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