Voters defeat 40-year sales tax for Kansas City sports stadiums

(The Center Square) – Kansas City’s professional football and baseball teams promised to stay in Jackson County if a 40-year sales tax to pay for stadiums was approved on Tuesday, but voters rejected the plan.

The Jackson County Election Board’s unofficial results showed 57.8% of voters cast ballots against a three-eighths of a cent sales tax beginning in 2030 and ending in 2070. By almost the same percentage, voters in Kansas City defeated the sales tax to fund a new stadium for Major League Baseball’s Royals and renovations to Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.

“The people of Kansas City and Jackson County love the Chiefs and the Royals,” Democratic Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, after the polls closed. “Over the months ahead, I look forward to working with the Chiefs and Royals to
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