Judge Orders KC Light Rail Issue To Go To Voters
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Jackson County judge has given Kansas City officials until June 23 to submit proposed ballot language for a tax initiative to pay for a light rail system.
The Kansas City Star reports light rail activist Clay Chastain has proposed construction of a multimodal transit system to be headquartered at Union Station.
He gathered enough signatures in 2011 to put a three-eighths cent sales tax increase to voters, but the city said the tax wouldn't raise enough money and refused to put it on a ballot.
Circuit Judge Sandra Midkiff ruling on Friday gives Chastain a victory by ordering the issue to go to a vote, while the city gets a partial win by being able to say how the ballot language will be worded.
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