Mayor Launches Web-based Initiative for KC Street Car
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the City of Kansas City have found a new way to fund the proposal for a street car system.
Mayor James helped launch the high-tech company called Neighbor.ly. The new web-based initiative will allow anyone to buy a piece of the project. And private businesses would take donations from the public on behalf of the city for civic projects — the first one being the street car line.
Anyone can donate, and in return would receive perks, like naming rights for stations and cars and stops — or event just pre-buy rides.
The city said it’s a great way to raise funds for this project and the more money raised, the lower the tax burden would be on downtown Kansas City residents.
“That’s sort of the goal of any of these initiatives that we are trying to do to try to get more funding,” said Danny Rotert. “For instance, if we get the federal grant, that will lower the tax burden, certainly. If we end up with Neighbor.ly coming in as a huge success, we end up lowering the taxes for everyone. We don’t want to raise more taxes than we need, so anything we can do to kind of lower the capitol costs up front lower the long-term costs for the taxpayers.”
Downtown Kansas City businesses and residents will be asked to approve the tax on themselves to fund the street cars. Even if that vote fails, Rotert said the Neighbor.ly plan could provide funding to keep the street car project alive.