Legislator votes over Jackson County Executive Frank White’s veto

Legislator votes over Jackson County Executive Frank White’s veto

A potential deal to build a new stadium for the Kansas City Royals and upgrade Arrowhead Stadium is in jeopardy tonight. Jackson County Executive Frank White vetoed a measure aimed at extending the sales tax on the April ballot, which is how public funds would be used in the deal. Without it, there’s no deal. Jackson County Legislator Manny Abarca believes there is a scenario that could result in both teams losing if Frank White’s veto persists. “I think we are in great danger of losing one or both teams almost immediately by the end of the year at the latest,” Abarca said. The veto comes after the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority signed a framework for a new lease for both the Chiefs and Royals, providing $1 billion for the Royals to build a new stadium and another billion for the Chiefs to make major renovations at the Arrowhead and Truman Sports Complex. Ralph Oropeza, business manager for the Greater Kansas City construction company, says moving forward with the deal is critical for his workers. “We’re talking about a bunch of money that goes to our pensions, a bunch of money that goes to our well-being, our health, our well-being, which is our insurance,” Oropeza said. It appears there may not be enough votes to override White’s veto, which could result in the deal being cancelled. “I would say stay informed. Let’s bring greater transparency to this process,” Abarca said. A vote on repeal will likely take place at what could be a heated meeting of the Jackson County Legislature on Monday.

A potential deal to build a new stadium for the Kansas City Royals and upgrade Arrowhead Stadium is in jeopardy tonight.

Jackson County Executive Frank White vetoed a measure aimed at extending the sales tax on the April ballot, which is how public funds would be used in the deal.

Without it, there’s no deal.

Jackson County Legislator Manny Abarca believes there is a scenario that could result in both teams losing if Frank White’s veto persists.

“I think we are in great danger of losing one or both teams almost immediately by the end of the year at the latest,” Abarca said.

The veto comes after the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority signed a framework for a new lease for both the Chiefs and Royals, providing $1 billion for the Royals to build a new stadium and another billion for the Chiefs to make major renovations at the Arrowhead and Truman Sports Complex.

Ralph Oropeza, business manager for the Greater Kansas City construction company, says moving forward with the deal is critical for his workers.

“We’re talking about a bunch of money that goes to our pensions, a bunch of money that goes to our well-being, our health, our well-being, which is our insurance,” Oropeza said.

It appears there may not be enough votes to override White’s veto, which could result in the deal being cancelled.

“I would say stay informed. Let’s bring greater transparency to this process,” Abarca said.

A vote on repeal will likely take place at what could be a heated meeting of the Jackson County Legislature on Monday.

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