Friends of KCI just announced plans to start an initiative petition to prevent the advancement of a new airport terminal without the approval of voters.
"We do not need to spend $1.5 billion on a new airport," reads Friends of KCI's statement. "We believe there are better options."
Friends of KCI is something of an ad hoc group of Brookside residents with an ear to the ground under City Hall. It is focused against a single-terminal version of Kansas City International Airport.
The group's proposal would amend the city code to ban the demolition, without approval by public vote, of "any passenger terminal at any city-controlled airport or to construct any new terminal at any such airport."
The public may ultimately vote in a new single-terminal design anyway, if the city goes ahead with its plan to issue up to $1.5 billion in bonds. Failing that, however, the project could still go ahead, but the city would have to look for financing from investors such as pension funds.
Friends of KCI took the early steps of an initiative petition to overturn a resolution passed in April, directing city staffers to further study a new single terminal. That effort was stonewalled by the city charter, which allows initiative petitions seeking to overturn city-approved ordinances, not resolutions.
The group plans to fan out to several locations to collect signatures, starting this weekend.