Kansas City leaders plan to hold elections later in 2014 to increase sales taxes by up to 1 percent, for a huge area south of the Missouri River to expand the downtown streetcar line.
The proposal would mimic the funding scheme that got the 2-mile, $100 million-plus streetcar starter line that is being constructed in downtown Kansas City, except the new proposal would be significantly larger. Voters later in the year would decide whether to create a transportation development district from downtown to Waldo and from the state line to east Kansas City.
But unlike the downtown starter line that was approved by a small number of voters via a mail-in ballot, Kansas City voters within the proposed district would cast their decision at ballot locations on the August 5 and November 4 election dates like any normal election.
The August 5 election would decide on whether to form the TDD, and the November 4 date would decide on the funding mechanism for the project.
Local taxes won't generate enough money to fund the expansion; Kansas City leaders are hoping for an infusion of federal money to help out.
The proposed streetcar expansion, if passed, wouldn't wrap up until 2018 or 2020.