CHICAGO — Kansas City, Mo., voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide a $500 million sewer bond authorization to finance projects required under a $2.5 billion federal consent decree.

The city will also ask voters to approve a sales tax increase that would pave the way for a streamlining of some city taxes that would free up some general fund money for infrastructure. Mayor Sly James and the council settled on the plan last spring over one that sought more general obligation borrowing capacity. The GO plan would have raised property taxes and faced business opposition.

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