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Jackson County stadium measure fails, Chiefs and Royals suffer defeat

The biggest ballot item in the Missouri general municipal election was the Jackson County stadium sales tax. Unfortunately, voters rejected Jackson County Question 1, which would have imposed a 3/8th-cent sales tax for Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals stadium projects. Polls closed on Tuesday at 7 p.m. local time, and the increased sales tax would have contributed to funding a new downtown Kansas City ballpark for the Royals and renovations to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs.

Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals play, is the sixth oldest active MLB stadium, and its first game was on April 10, 1973. Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce were part of an ad urging Jackson County voters to approve the sales tax measure, expressing the importance of these stadiums to the community. Despite their efforts, however, voters did not support the measure.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt had previously expressed confidence that the measure would pass, but there was no such luck in this case. Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas acknowledged the strong fan base for both teams and expressed a commitment to working with them to develop a more inclusive and effective process moving forward to ensure that they remain in Kansas City for future generations. There is optimism for a collaborative approach moving forward to address the stadium funding issue in Kansas City.

By Samantha Jones

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