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Bringing Streetcars Back to Downtown Kansas City

January 29, 2016
Client Success


As part of the process of seeking to extend its $101 million, 2.2-mile downtown modern streetcar starter line now under construction, Kansas City, Missouri needed to create a new, larger Transportation Development District that would have the power to impose both a sales tax and special assessments against real property within the proposed District. In Missouri, this requires a court proceeding and judicial determination that the District and its finance plan meets certain statutory thresholds.


Despite aggressive opposition, the Husch Blackwell team proved to the court that statutory thresholds were satisfied, and the court allowed the formation of the proposed District to move to the next step.