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Kansas City Streetcar Plan on Track

Posted: Jul 17, 2013 9:32 AM by The Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - Kansas City officials have picked a contractor to build a proposed streetcar project while awaiting a state appeals court ruling over the legality of taxes to pay for it.

City officials on Tuesday chose a joint venture between St. Joseph-based Herzog Contracting Corp. and California-based rail contractor Stacy and Witbeck Inc. to be general manager/contractor for the streetcar line in downtown Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports the city council still must approve the choice.

Also on Tuesday, lawyers argued before a Missouri Court of Appeals panel over whether new downtown taxes to help pay for the $100 million streetcar project are constitutional. Two downtown property owners want to challenge the taxes in court, while the city contends it's too late to file the challenge.

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