Kansas City voters have rejected a proposed sales tax extension for an Arrowhead Stadium makeover and a new downtown ballpark for the Royals. About 58% of voters opposed the plan, compared to 42% supporting it.

Sen. Barbara Washington, D-Kansas City, said that there is still plenty of time to hash out a deal.

“I know that there are supposedly some conversations going on between one, if not, both of the teams with (Kansas) Gov. (Laura) Kelly,” Washington said. “I think it’s going to be difficult for her to convince her state to fund the teams at the level that Jackson County has funded them for the last 50 or so years, considering they’re also trying to expand Medicaid.”

Voters rejected a 40-year 3/8th-cent sales tax extension that would have gone through the year 2064.

Washington made clear that Kansas Citians love their sports teams.

“You listen to the voters and you hear the voters of Jackson County, they will tell you this was not something against the Chiefs and the Royals,” she said. “You’re not going to find any better fans in all the world than Kansas City Chiefs fans, but this a way that we need to change the way we fund our sports teams.”

Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman said the team will take some time to reflect on the outcome and find a path forward that works for the team and its fans.

Chiefs President Mark Donovan said the team will do what is in the best interest of the organization and its fans.

Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, put into question the subject of publicly financing sports stadiums.

“I know of no path in the Missouri Senate where we’re going to do any public funding of sports stadiums. I think that would be resisted vociferously and extensively,” Eigel said. “Nobody has been able to explain to me, it seems like the voters over there in Kansas City were right that they don’t feel the need, after spending their hard-earned savings supporting these two sports teams that they need to bail out the billionaire owners of these teams with even more taxpayer money.”

Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals have stressed that the sales tax extension is key for them to stay in Jackson County, Missouri.  

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