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KC Chamber Votes to Support Capital Improvements Tax, KC Streetcar Extensions

Both votes were unanimous, as the Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce approved support of the April 3 measure to renew the one-cent sales tax for capital improvements and plans to extend the KC Streetcar north to the Missouri River and south to the Country Club Plaza and  University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Support of the two measures was recommended by the Chamber’s KCMO Business Leadership Council.
KCMO Finance Director Randy Landes told the Board the capital improvements sales tax, if approved by the voters, would be renewed for 20 years. Thirty-five percent of the revenue would be dedicated to neighborhood needs, he said, and no less than 25 percent would be earmarked for street repair.
KC Streetcar Executive Director Tom Gerend told the Board plans call for an extension from 3rd and Grand to Berkley Riverfront Park, leveraging the riverfront as the true asset it is. The southern extension would run from Union Station to approximately 51st and Brookside, providing a connection between the city’s two densest population and employment centers. Gerend added that the Streetcar Authority was working closely with Ride KC to coordinate and enhance service along the proposed routes.