CHICAGO — Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James has dropped plans to seek $500 million of voter-approved general obligation borrowing authority this summer in favor of a sales tax increase and a separate $500 million sewer bond question.

The plan is aimed at streamlining taxes and providing more funding for infrastructure. “Currently, the city’s revenue system is a tangle of taxes, fees and assessments that are both confusing and inefficient,” reads James’ proposal. “The Citizens’ Commission on Municipal Revenue has suggested reforms that will streamline funding streams, provide flexibility, and focus on funding essential functions first.”

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