Downtown Kansas City Stadium Opponents Expose Sketchy Deets Of Sales Tax Extension

From economic rebuttals to pointed tax questions . . . Make no mistake . . .


From our vantage . . . This detailed question about taxpayer financing from a community newspaper offers the best journalistic investigation so far this week . . . Check-it:

"If you can write a $200+ million check to a single player, you and your ownership group of brass hats can fund your own stadium, thank you very much.

"But since you’re out here lookin’ for a handout, let’s talk about who pays, shall we? One thing nobody is talking about is the debt service on the bonds let in 2006 to fund over $100-million in renovations to the Truman Sports Complex.

"That 3/8 cent sales tax funded Special Obligation Bonds, theoretically to fund stadium renovations and ongoing maintenance. Those bonds extend to 2031, seven years from now. Per the very confusing ballot language on this question, that tax would be repealed, leaving Jackson County taxpayers on the hook for $177 million, give or take a million or two. Who’s going to pay for that? If you guessed Jackson County taxpayers, you’d be correct."

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