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