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Downtown Stadium Dreams Dashed by Tax Proposal Defeat

Downtown Stadium Dreams Dashed by Tax Proposal Defeat
Downtown Stadium Dreams Dashed by Tax Proposal Defeat

Downtown Ballpark Prospects Dented as Tax Proposal Fails

Voters in Jackson County, Missouri, have rejected a 40-year sales tax measure that would have funded a new downtown ballpark for the Kansas City Royals and major renovations for Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs. The ballot measure was defeated by a wide margin, with 58% voting against it.

Royals majority owner John Sherman expressed disappointment in the outcome but vowed to explore alternative options for the team. He emphasized his commitment to the Kansas City area, despite the implied threat that the Royals might relocate.

The failed tax measure would have provided a significant portion of the estimated $1.3 billion cost of the Royals' proposed ballpark. The county and city governments would have contributed additional funds. Critics of the plan argued that the county and the teams had not finalized their financial responsibilities.

While some voters favo

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