Thanks to Steve Penn on his column on the new stadium in Arizona (4/25, Metro, "Arizona has lessons for KC"). Great column. One month too late.
Given that $65 million of the Arizona stadium cost went toward infrastructure improvements (which would have been unnecessary if building a new stadium at the Truman Sports Complex), for a mere $25 million more than our Question 1 tax plan Kansas City could have had a brand new football stadium, with all of the luxury suites, concourses, Jumbotrons and even a retractable roof (and our Super Bowl). However, thanks to The Star's and county government's persuasion, Jackson County passed a tax for the same amount that doesn't include a roof and Super Bowl, but only renovations to a 35-year-old stadium.
It's becoming more and more obvious every day that Jackson Countians got conned by our local government and a bad plan.
Our best hope now is to hope for the best in how the Chiefs spend our tax dollars - a risk we shouldn't have to take.