CHICAGO - Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Funkhouser today will formally present to other city and suburban elected officials his proposed $1.2 billion, 119-mile regional transit plan that relies on a sales tax increase for funding.
Ahead of the meeting, Funkhouser unveiled the proposal earlier in the week. His goal is to win the support of local elected officials who in turn would support placing on the November ballot a request to raise sales taxes by one-half cent in Jackson, Clay,and Platte counties. The increased collections would go to repay bonds issued to finance construction of the transit system. The mayor's proposal relies on federal funds to cover half of the costs. No additional financial details were available.