Voters approve measure that could help fund south KC Streetcar expansion

Posted at 6:00 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 19:00:26-04

Election results have been certified in the recent mail-in ballot streetcar election.

Voters approved a new transportation district that will be taxed so the KC Streetcar can expand south from Union Station to the Country Club Plaza and UMKC.  

This is the first step in a multi-step process.

David Johnson, the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, said the next step will be for voters in the transportation development district to hold an election in October to select a Board of Directors for the TDD.

Johnson said another vote would occur in early 2018 on whether to use a one percent sales tax or a special assessment on all real property in the district to raise money to pay for the streetcar expansion. The assessment and sales tax would be collected only in the TDD.

Smart KC, one group opposed to the KC Streetcar expansion, was not pleased with the yes vote. They were against the project because it means higher taxes. 

The city and the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance project the latest streetcar expansion will be complete in 2023.