Jackson County Judge Upholds KC Streetcar Tax
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Jackson County judge has upheld Kansas City's proposal for a special taxing district to support a downtown streetcar system.
Circuit Judge Charles Atwell said the proposed district is not legally defective or illegal.
Some property owners have asked why the city proposed increasing taxes downtown rather than citywide to pay for the streetcars. The city responded that downtown will get the biggest benefit from a new streetcar route.
The Kansas City Star reports that Atwell also found Friday that the district is not an undue burden on any property owner within the district and is not unjust or unreasonable.
The new taxes still must be approved in a special election later this year by registered voters living within the district boundaries.