Jackson County Exec Frank White Vetoes Stadium Sales Tax Deal

Again, this one speaks for itself and doesn't need much commentary.

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Here's the latest via a presser sent to www.TonysKansasCity.com and local media . . .

Jackson County Executive vetoes stadium sales tax ordinance, calls for robust, binding agreements with Chiefs and Royals

Three County Legislators issue joint statement in support of veto

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has exercised his veto power on Ordinance 5822, a proposal for a substantial sales tax to retain the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs in Jackson County. This decisive move signals County Executive White’s commitment to securing a fair and equitable agreement for taxpayers before advancing the ordinance to a public vote.

County Executive White, in his veto message, acknowledged the important role both teams play in the community. Yet, he stressed that attaining a favorable agreement for Jackson County would require further in-depth discussions and thoughtful negotiation.

"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. “It's not a good deal for taxpayers and I cannot support an agreement that is not in their best interest."

County Executive White outlined that a definitive, binding agreement would not only include financial concessions, but also commitments to maintain team headquarters and training facilities in Jackson County and robust community benefit agreements. He urged the Legislature to reconsider the matter thoughtfully, focusing on securing a concrete and mutually beneficial agreement with the teams before seeking such a substantial financial commitment from residents.

“We are not just retaining sports teams. We are opening doors to a future where sports investment translates into community prosperity, economic growth and an enhanced quality of life,” White said. “I am committed to working collaboratively to find a solution that honors our longstanding partnerships while upholding our responsibility to the taxpayers of Jackson County.”

A copy of the County Executive’s veto message is attached, as well as a joint statement from three County Legislators supporting the County Executive's veto. The County Executive will be available for interviews following the Legislative meeting on Monday, January 22.


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