People in Kansas City love the idea of a fixed-rail system. They dream of riding such a thing here.
Paying for it will be the ultimate test of whether it actually happens. A two-mile downtown streetcar line is set to begin taking passengers in 2015.
A special taxing district was created to finance it. Expanding that system will spread the tracks and the cost to a bigger share of the city.
Officials are considering asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax within the new district plus special property taxes for land and buildings within a half-mile of the actual streetcar lines. The taxing district would run from State Line Road to Interstate 435 and from the Missouri River to 85th Street.
The multimillion-dollar system may only get voter approval in the district if riders in the area get a $1 discount every time they use the mass transit cars and people from other areas get charged an extra $1 carrying fee when they get on the line.
It’s a fair way to share the cost of the long-awaited fixed rail system.