Choosing between upgrading Kauffman Stadium, building a baseball stadium downtown or doing nothing will ultimately rest with Jackson County taxpayers. Having a major-league baseball team is a benefit to the entire metropolitan area, so why is it that Jackson County taxpayers have to foot the entire bill?
Since Jackson County has the bulk of low-income persons and a per capita income lower than most of the other counties in our metro area, it seems that Jackson County taxpayers should select upgrading Kauffman Stadium.
If it is to the benefit of the metro area to have a new stadium downtown, then the Downtown Council should promote a plan to have the metro area pay for it.
Further, if those who own property or will benefit in other ways from a downtown stadium don’t live in Jackson County, it is unreasonable and disingenuous to ask for a Jackson County sales tax to finance their stadium.
Larry N. Blick
There is so much talk about how to finance the required renovations and repairs at Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums.
The bistate tax measure did not pass. Now there is talk about additional taxes for Jackson County in order to come up with the money. It seems that we already pay our fair share for the stadium.
What about all of the ticket holders who are not Jackson County residents? They pay the same price for their season tickets as I do. They pay no taxes to support the stadiums either.
I would suggest a stadium use fee be added to each ticket for non-Jackson County residents. If they do not have a street address in Jackson County, they would be subject to the extra fee.
It only seems fair that those who enjoy the stadiums should have to pay their fair share to maintain it. As you walk through the parking lot it is obvious that many more than just Jackson County residents are enjoying the stadium that they do not help support.