Royals, Chiefs pledge to stay in Missouri if voters pass sales tax extension

(The Center Square) – Kansas City’s professional football and baseball teams say they would stay in Jackson County if voters approve an extension of a sales tax for a new stadium and improvements.

After weeks of debate and meetings, the Jackson County legislature voted 8-1 to put a 40-year sales tax extension on the April 2 ballot. Voters will decide on a 3/8-cent sales tax to begin in 2031 and continuing for 40 years. 

In 2006, Jackson County voters approved a countywide sales tax of the same amount for 25 years to improve and modernize the Harry S Truman Sports Complex where both stadiums are located. The county is currently negotiating a new lease with the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs for improvements at Arrowhead Stadium. The county and city are working together on proposals to build a new stadium for Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals.

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