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Chiefs, Royals' futures in Kansas City thrown for loop after voters reject stadium tax

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The futures of the Chiefs and Royals in Kansas City, Missouri, were thrown off on Tuesday after voters rejected a sales tax measure that would have backed major renovations to Arrowhead Stadium and helped fund a new ballpark for the MLB team.

More than 58% of voters in Jackson County rejected the plan, which would have replaced an existing three-eighths of a cent sales tax that had been paying for the upkeep of the Truman Sports Complex with a similar tax that would have been in place for the next 40 years. The complex is home to both Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums.

The Royals sought to use their share of the tax revenue to help fund a $2 billion-plus ballpark district. The team had pledged $1 billion from ownership.

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Jeff Gaeth votes Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Yellow Rock Barn in Kansas City, Missouri. Voters were asked to decide whether to extend a sales tax to fund a new baseball stadium for the Royals and football stadium improvements for the Chiefs. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Chiefs sought to use their share of the tax revenue to help fund $800 million in renovations to Arrowhead Stadium. Ownership committed $300 million to the plan.

"We’re deeply disappointed as we are steadfast in our belief that Jackson County is better with the Chiefs and the Royals," Royals team owner John Sherman said. "As someone whose roots run deep in this town, who has been a dedicated fan and season-ticket holder for both of these teams, and now leading a remarkable ownership group."

Chiefs president Mark Donovan, who already teased the possibility of the Chiefs leaving Jackson County, said the

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