Streetcar expansion ballots due Tuesday by 5 p.m.

Line would expand south through Plaza to UMKC
Posted at 6:30 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 08:49:26-04

Kansas City's streetcar has already given more than two million rides, and could soon extend south through the Plaza to UMKC.

Tuesday, August 1 is the last day to turn in ballots regarding the expansion. The ballots must be turned into the Jackson County Circuit Court by 5 p.m.

In order to vote for this expansion, you must live in the Transportation Development District, which amounts to basically the area along the proposed line. More than 6,000 people requested ballots. 

If approved, the streetcar line would grow more than three miles south down Main Street from Union Station.

City leaders say property tax would go up for homeowners and business owners, even for nonprofits. Further, for people shopping along the streetcar route, the proposal adds an extra 1 percent sales tax.

In 2012, fewer than 500 people voted to build the initial streetcar. This time around, there have already been more than 2,500 ballots turned in early.