Voters reject expanding streetcars in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Kansas City voters have stalled a plan to create a special taxing district to fund expansion of a streetcar line beyond downtown.
Unofficial results from Tuesday's election showed 60 percent of voters rejecting the proposal for funding to build a streetcar system beyond a two-mile starter route.
The Kansas City Star reported the result means city officials will not put proposed sales and property tax increases to help pay the local share of a $515 million transit plan on November's ballot.
Mayor Sly James said he was disappointed by the defeat. He said the city will try to find other ways to expand the streetcar line but he conceded that the city currently has no backup plan for pursuing the project.
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