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As you know, SMARTKC, has launched an Initiative Petition to require the City to stop spending our tax dollars on Streetcar expansion without first putting it to a vote of the City.
This petition was a direct response to the City’s enactment of Ordinance 141052 on January 22, 2015. In that ordinance, the Council stated that it would be “providing for the continued use of proceeds of the Bonds to pay costs of preliminary work related to the expansion of the City’s streetcar system” and left more than 2.4 million dollars available for just that purpose; in spite of the fact that 60% of those who voted on the streetcar issue in August of 2014 said “NO” to streetcar expansion.
“We the voters of Kansas City, Mo., are going to be heard if not now, later, we’re not going to stop on this issue until the city recognizes it represents we the voters and can’t simply take on an agenda that is disjointed from what the voters want.”
Thursday February 5, 2015
Friday January 30, 2015
Petition Document. Link below opens in new window.
We’ve launched our Initiative Petition to require a public vote before the City can spend any add’l funds on study, planning or construction of a streetcar. Please let know of convenient sites for you to sign the petition & we’ll try to post someone there. We’ll have someone at both grocery stores in Brookside every evening during the week & during the day on weekends but will add to those locations as we hear from you. We will have someone at the NAACP event this Saturday, January 31, will appear at any other event to which we are invited and will have representatives at the candidate forums over the next 10 days. Please give us your feedback on this forum or at firstname.lastname@example.org and get out to sign this petition.
Thursday January 29, 2015
The City Council recently set the stage for spending more public funds for expansion of the streetcar beyond the downtown line; something 60% of the voters voted against just this past August.
SMARTKC is now circulating an initiative petition that would require the City to put any expenditure of public funds toward the study or construction of an expansion line to a vote of the residents of Kansas City.
SMARTKC’s goal is to get 7,000 signatures within two weeks.
SMARTKC plans to start collecting signatures Thursday night at the Brookside Market beginning at 7 p.m.
Goal to collect 7,000 signatures in 2 weeks
ANNOUNCEMENT: TDD Board meets 3pm May 5, City Hall (10th Floor). This meeting is open to the public to attend and observe.
Today is the official launch of our new website and the home page of Save The Trolley Trail. We invite you to have a look around and get comfortable with the site layout and features. We have started by providing recent articles of interest and to help you catch up with the latest developments and opinions. Comments are welcome and we value your feedback and participation as well. We hope you enjoy this valuable resource and we will publish updates and other information of vital interest on a regular basis. Thank you again for visiting and participating.
Save The Trolley Trail
February 5th, 2014. Great meeting tonight!!! 50 people signed up to volunteer for one thing or another and there were, at least, another ten – twenty people there, not counting the streetcar proponents. A great turnout considering the weather and street conditions – something the City should, perhaps, spend a bit more on in the future. The Mayor appeared and spoke but did NOT dominate the meeting, though he made a valiant effort to do so. Also, though we cordially gave the opposition an opportunity to speak, we steered the course. We are a force to be reckoned with and will not go quietly into the night.
I will be emailing those of you who signed up to volunteer your efforts in order to determine the strengths each of you brings to this effort. My goal is mobilize each of you to put your talents to work for our common goal.
Everyone who came to the meeting rocks but so do those of you who support our cause but were unable to attend the meeting.
Please, please, go to the site, below, especially if you oppose and sign up to be on the Streetcar advisory panel – don’t let them make a mockery of us by advertising that we can participate in the advisory panel and then being in a position to say that no one in the opposition signed up.
Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM CST on February 13, 2014.