Mayor pulls plug on 2016 election on KCI improvements

Following the results of a public poll of likely Kansas City voters, Kansas City Mayor Sly James announced Tuesday there will be no local election in 2016 on the future of Kansas City International Airport.

Despite the appeals from city leaders and Kansas City’s airlines for a new single terminal to modernize KCI, the plan could could not generate liftoff with voters. City leaders and airport representatives said repeatedly that the project would not involve taxpayer dollars and would be financed by the airlines, but recent polling showed less than 40 percent of voters were supportive.

The poll, paid for by Progress KC, showed that while 63 percent of Kansas City voters said they thought the city was headed in the right general direction, only 39 percent said a new KCI terminal was the city’s next big priority.

A disappointed James admitted that it was appropriate to “press pause on the conversation for the time being.”

“Voters will not be asked to approve anything related to the airport in 2016,” James said, adding that the city will instead focus on other priorities, such as infrastructure, reducing the crime rate and improving schools.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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