Ballots are due Tuesday to help determine whether the Kansas City streetcar expands to the University of Missouri Kansas City. But more streetcar votes are coming Aug. 8. Other news this week includes an 18th and Vine announcement and more discussion about firefighter overtime and water bills.
Tuesday, Aug. 1
Ballots are due by 5 p.m. to the Jackson County Circuit Court on a plan to extend the downtown streetcar through Midtown to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. It’s too late to mail them in, so any more ballots should be delivered in person. As of Friday, more than 2,600 ballots had been received, but 5,752 ballots were mailed to qualified voters. A simple majority of votes cast will determine whether new streetcar district boundaries are established. Since it’s a mail-in election, ballots won’t be counted until later this week. More votes are required to elect a board of directors and to impose the actual taxes to help make the streetcar extension a reality. Other streetcar ballot measures are on Kansas City’s citywide ballot Aug. 8.
KC Stat meets at 9 a.m., 10th floor of City Hall, to talk about neighborhood issues.
The 18th and Vine Development and Policy Committee meets, 3:30 p.m., Gem Theater.
Wednesday, Aug. 2
The City Council holds committee hearings and agendas are here.
The council’s Finance and Governance Committee meets, 8:30 a.m. 10th floor of City Hall and will discuss firefighter overtime costs. It will also discuss ways to address mounting water and sewer bills.
A press conference is planned at 10:30 a.m. in 18th and Vine to announce planned improvements to the neighborhood.
Thursday, Aug. 3
At its 1 p.m. business session, the city council is expected to discuss a huge study that had numerous recommendations for altering KC police staffing and deployment.
Friday, Aug. 4
The Kansas City election board may complete the ballot count of the streetcar extension proposal.