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Jackson County Voters Make the Right Call in Rejecting the Royals Stadium Proposal

In a resounding decision, the voters of Jackson County have spoken loud and clear: they will not be burdened with financing a new stadium for the Kansas City Royals and renovations for the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium. This decision, with a margin of 58% to 42%, reflects a prudent understanding of the economic realities facing Kansas City.

At the heart of this issue lies the proposed extension of a 3/8-cent sales tax for a staggering 40 years, all to cover the exorbitant costs of a $1.3 billion stadium for the Royals and an $800 million renovation for Arrowhead Stadium. Such a proposition would undoubtedly place a significant strain on the finances of the general public, particularly amidst the backdrop of the current economic climate and inflation.

As a writer who covers the Kansas City Royals, I stand in agreement with the voters of Jackson County. While the allure of a new stadium may hold appeal for some, the practical implications of burdening taxpayers with such a monumental financial obligation cannot be ignored. The decision to reject this proposal is a testament to the voters’ fiscal responsibility and their commitment to prioritizing the needs of the community over the desires of sports franchises.

It is worth noting that the Royals’ unveiling of plans for a new stadium in downtown Kansas City’s East Crossroads neighborhood less than two months prior to the vote reflects a certain level of audacity. The fluidity of the planning process, including last-minute alterations such as the decision to abandon plans to close Oak Street, only served to highlight the lack of concrete foresight in the proposal.

Furthermore, the fact that the Royals and Chiefs combined to spend over $3 million in an attempt to sway public opinion in favor of the tax extension is a concerning indication of the lengths to which sports franchises will go to secure public funding for their ventures. While such investments may serve the interests of team owners and executives, they do not necessarily align with the best interests of the community at large.

While it is understandable that sports teams may seek public support for their endeavors, the notion of leveraging the threat of relocation to coerce taxpayers into funding their projects is nothing short of extortion. Fortunately, neither the Royals nor the Chiefs have resorted to such tactics, and both teams have leases that will keep them in their respective stadiums until at least 2031.

In light of the reports that voters were turned away from the polls for wearing Chiefs and Royals gear, it is evident that there were efforts to manipulate public perception and influence the outcome of the vote. Such actions are not only illegal but also indicative of a broader disregard for the democratic process.

The decision by the voters of Jackson County to reject the proposed tax extension for the construction of a new stadium for the Kansas City Royals is a victory for fiscal prudence and community empowerment. It makes it abundantly clear that sports franchise interests cannot override the priorities of the people. As we move forward, I am confident that the Royals and Chiefs will find alternative means to address their stadium needs without imposing undue financial burdens on the taxpayers of Kansas City.


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