KC voters overwhelmingly approve ‘A Better KCI’

Mayor Sly James embraces City Councilman Jermaine Reed in celebration of the overwhelming ‘Better KCI’ vote on Tuesday evening at a rally in Briarcliff.

Kansas City voters on Tuesday approved a $1 billion, single terminal at Kansas City International Airport with a whopping 75 percent of the vote.

This outcome frees the City of Kansas City to demolish KCI’s distinctive but outmoded trio of horseshoe-shaped terminals in favor of a single, privately financed $1 billion terminal that could be open by late 2021.

Passage of the ballot measure ends more than six years of study, false starts, political turbulence and disarray at City Hall, capped by a rocky selection process over the summer to finally choose a company to build the new terminal, reported The Kansas City Star

“When we get it right, there’s nothing we can’t do as a city,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James told a raucous pro-KCI election party last night at the Royal Room in Briarcliff.

With nearly all precincts reporting, supporters landed 47,394 votes, compared to 15,567 from the opposition. That works out to 75 percent voting in favor. Turnout was about 20 percent.

To read the complete story, visit The Kansas City Star