BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — On Tuesday, April 2, there will be a special election in Jackson County dealing with the future of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.
Voters will be asked to continue paying a 3/8ths cent sales tax that will be going to both teams.
The Chiefs want to use that money for some sort of renovation to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Royals want to use it to build a new ballpark somewhere downtown in Kansas City.
Blue Springs resident John Donaldson plans to vote ‘no’ April 2. Donaldson likes the fact that Kauffman Stadium’s in a more centralized location of the county.
“People coming from out of state or out of town, they stay in the hotels in the surrounding cities,” Donaldson said in an interview with FOX4 Thursday. “They go to the restaurants in the surrounding cities, and I don’t believe that will happen if it moves downtown to Kansas City.”
Donaldson expects the bulk of the benefit from a new Royals stadium to go to Kansas City businesses. The Royals aren’t commenting on those claims.
The ballot question for voters connects a new Royals stadium and renovations at Arrowhead, so if the majority of voters say no to it, the Chiefs would also miss out on county funding.
“But can’t that be put on a separate vote?” Donaldson asked when he was told voters will be deciding on one question for both teams.
“From what I understand, the contracts for both the Royals and the Chiefs do not end until 2030, 2031, somewhere around there, so I think there’s plenty of time to bring it up on another vote… separately.”
Donaldson’s right about when the current leases end for the teams at their county owned stadiums at the Truman Sports Complex. The current leases for both teams expire in January of 2031. Wednesday at Harvesters, Chiefs President Mark Donovan called Arrowhead a great asset to the community.
“We’re excited to work with the Royals and move forward on the April 2 ballot,” he said.
“Then over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing more information both on economic impact but also on what exactly our plan is and how we’re going to renovate with our plan, and then I know the Royals have a plan to do the same with their location and exactly what their plan is going forward.”
A day after Donovan made the above remarks, the Chiefs said their spending has led to nearly $1 billion in economic impact for the region. Absentee voting in person with an excuse or requesting a ballot by mail begins February 20 for this election.