County leader vetoes ballot proposal for 40-year Kansas City stadium sales tax

(The Center Square) – Jackson County Executive Frank White, a member of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame, vetoed an ordinance placing a 40-year sales tax on the April ballot to support a new major league baseball stadium and renovate the football stadium.

“This proposed sales tax would generate over $2 billion from our residents, yet there is no clear understanding or assurance regarding the teams’ commitments and contributions to the county,” White said in a statement announcing his action on Thursday. “It’s not a good deal for taxpayers and I cannot support an agreement that is not in their best interest.”

After weeks of meetings and negotiations, the Jackson County legislature voted 8-1 in December to approve placing the extension on the sales tax on the April 2 ballot. It proposed a 3/8 cents sales tax beginning in 2031 and continuing for 40 years. In 2006,
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