KCUR, January 6, 2017

When Mayor Sly James and his staff first proposed an $800 million general obligation bond to address the city’s basic infrastructure needs, he acknowledged it would be a tough sell.

At a town hall meeting in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood Monday, James had a chance to make his case.

About 100 area residents showed up to ask the mayor just how the city plans to spend the money and how it will affect their own pocketbooks.

“I know that everybody is wanting to say, you know, that is a lot of money and it is a lot of money, but this is a lot of city, 318 square miles of city. Four thousand miles of sidewalks, 6,300 lane miles of roads,” James said.