A judge has rejected a requirement that opponents of the downtown Kansas City streetcar project post a $20 million bond before their appeal of a recent circuit court decision can be argued.
In a brief ruling issued late Friday, Judge Alok Ahuja of the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled the streetcar district established by the city could not require Sue Anne Burke and Jeffrey “Stretch” Rumaner to post the bond.
Ahuja said the streetcar district could appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court. He also agreed to the city’s request for an expedited appeal.
In March, a Jackson County judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Rumaner and Burke, both downtown property owners, who argued that the taxes imposed on downtown property owners to help pay for the $100 million streetcar system were unconstitutional.
At the time, the attorney representing the streetcar district said if an appeal were made the agency would consider seeking a bond. The authority had hoped to issue $30 million in bonds in March to begin construction, but the lawsuit delayed that plan. More delays might risk increased interest rates and overall project costs, proponents say.