The Buzz

Streetcar opponents attack bond request

Updated: 2013-05-03T15:59:19Z

By DAVE HELLING

The lawyer for opponents of the downtown streetcar project today ridiculed the request that his side post a $20 million bond before continuing the legal case against the proposal.

In papers filed with the Missouri Court of Appeals, Mark Bredemeier said there were no cases or state laws that allowed the streetcar district to get such a bond.

“Respondent’s request for an order requiring the posting of a $20,000,000 bond...is tantamount to denying Appelants their right to an appeal,” Bredemeier’s response motion says.

As The Buzz first reported, the streetcar district asked for the bond before the opponents’ appeal of the recent circuit court decision could be argued.

The circuit court threw out the opponents’ complaints against the streetcar funding mechanism, saying it was filed too late.

Bredemeier’s answer drips with sarcasm.

Responding to the contention that the appeal would delay the project adding to its cost, he writes: “Is there a sentient being in the Kansas City metropolitan area who honestly believes the Kansas City streetcar project will not incur cost overruns...well in excess of $20,000,000...which...have nothing to do with this appeal?”

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