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Kansas City is getting ready to do some accounting.
On Tuesday, voters in a section of the city’s urban core rejected a proposal that would have created a taxing district to partially finance — and allowed the city to move ahead with planning — the construction of 7.8 miles of additional streetcar lines. The vote appears to have tabled the expansion issue indefinitely.
However, Kansas City already has entered contracts and spent money on planning the extensions. City spokesman Chris Hernandez said the city is preparing to look over those contracts and ask contractors how soon they can end work on the project.
Story by Austin Alonzo for the Kansas City Business Journal – KC will count costs of failed streetcar extension proposal
If everything goes according to plan, Kansas City voters will be asked to raise taxes in a section of the city to finance the second phase of the city’s streetcar project and extend the life of the project well past 2015. Sherry DeJanes, an attorney at Sherry DeJanes PC, has a plan of her own. DeJanes, a Brookside resident who works in Westport, said she’s going to file suit in Jackson County Circuit Court opposing a petition that would begin the process of creating the Kansas City Urban Rail Transportation Development District. She said she plans to file by the end of February.
DeJanes, who’s been practicing law for more than 25 years, said she also plans to attend the April 1 public hearing and April 2 judicial hearing at the Jackson County Courthouse and argue her case in front of the court.
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