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Chastain claims 'great civic struggle'

Longtime transit activist Clay Chastain on Monday called on the city yet again to allow a vote on his light rail tax plan.

“Kansas City’s government has abused the legal system, abused the democratic initiative process, and abused the people’s right to determine Kansas City’s future,” he said in remarks sent to news organizations.

As he has for years, Chastain said the Kansas City Charter requires a public vote when sufficient petition signatures are submitted. “The City Charter mandates the City Council place valid initiative ordinances on the ballot,” he wrote. “No questions asked!”

That charter also allows the elected city council to repeal any voter-approved ordinance, which it did after voters endorsed a Chastain-backed light rail tax in 2006.

Chastain did not include those facts in the remarks provided to reporters.

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