KC convention hotel proposal will not go to voters

In a significant victory for Kansas City downtown convention hotel boosters, a judge ruled Thursday that petitioners challenging the hotel financing are not entitled to a public vote.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Jennifer Phillips agreed with the city attorney’s office and hotel developers that the petitioners’ measure was unconstitutional for three reasons and should not go on an election ballot.

Phillips ruled that the proposed ballot language was vague, conflicted with state law and would have caused the city to be in breach of contract with the hotel developers.

The ruling could pave the way for construction to begin on a $311 million, 800-room Hyatt hotel, but petitioners could appeal the ruling to a higher court.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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