CHICAGO — With Kansas City, Mo., set to exhaust its voter-approved general obligation bonding authority with an issue next month, Mayor Sly James is hoping to win City Council and voter support for as much as $1 billion of new authority for infrastructure improvements over the next decade.

James floated the proposal in a speech late last week. James believes $1 billion in new spending — raised through $100 million in annual borrowing — is needed to undertake citywide roadway, bridge, sidewalk, and other improvements and maintenance. “I feel strongly that we need to start doing something about our infrastructure problem or stop complaining about it,” James said.

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