Kansas City council finalizes ballot language for November KCI vote

Bill Grady
August 25, 2017 - 4:53 am

Kansas City council members have approved ballot language for a vote in November that will determine the fate of Kansas City International Airport.

The language ordinance passed with a 13-0 vote. This is what Kansas City voters will be voting on:

Shall the City of Kansas City be authorized to construct a new passenger terminal at Kansas City International Airport and demolish existing terminals as necessary, with all costs paid solely from the revenues derived by the City from the operation of its airports and related facilities, and without the issuance of general airport revenue bonds unless such general airport revenue bonds have received prior voter approval?

Voters will decide whether to demolish the current terminals and create a single terminal. All costs covered by money brought in by the airport and its related facilities.

There would be no bond financing without a separate election.

People need to discuss the issue around their kitchen tables, said council member Jermaine Reed, who helped simplify the ballot language.

"People are concerned about what type of jobs and what type of benefit will this mean for me," Reed said. "A billion-dollar project over the next five years -- there's a lot of work here and a lot that's at stake -- we want to make sure that we're doing this the right way."

The airport selection committee still needs to choose a contractor from a list of four. The winning bid will then go before the full council. 

Quinton Lucas has introduced a measure aimed at securing a vote one week after the the committee makes it's recommendation.


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