Streetcar taxing district approved by voters

  • Kansas City moved closer to getting a streetcar today.

The Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners met Wednesday afternoon to certify the results of the Transportation Development District streetcar election. Reports from transit activist David Johnson (@KCLighRail) and The Star say the vote was 381 for and 141 against. A few of the ballots were not notarized and were not counted, Johnson tweeted. A total of 555 ballots were sent to residents within the proposed district.

The ballots defined the highest property-tax rates and additional sales tax that could be imposed in the district. Now that the voters have agreed to raising their taxes to help pay for the $100 million Main Street line from City Market to Union Station, the City Council will have to set the tax increases and put it to another vote of residents in the Transportation Development District.

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