Can the city of Kansas City handle the traffic for the Royals stadium?

Kansas City, Mo. – The Jackson County Legislature will likely be involved in the Kansas City Royals moving away from the Truman Sports Complex.

“It’s going to square off in my district I guess,” Jackson County 1st District Legislator-Elect Manny Abarca told FOX4 on Wednesday.

District 1 could be where the Royals build a new stadium downtown. The president and CEO of the City Council, Bill Dietrich, said he did not expect traffic problems to be seen at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

“When you have multiple uses, it’s all about circulation management, traffic management,” Dietrich told FOX4 Wednesday. “You have to come up with a good way to manage the inflow and outflow, and we’re capable of doing that.”

Jackson County is the owner of the stadium though. Every time a person spends money in the county now, 3/8th cent of $1 sales tax money goes to upgrade the current stadium. It expires in 2031.

In a letter Tuesday, Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman said they will not ask Jackson County residents to contribute more tax dollars than they already do.

That could mean the current 3/8ths cent of $1 tax would be extended as long as voters approve it. The legislature will group to put something like that on the ballot. Abarca supports it.

“Ultimately, the voters will make that decision,” Abarca said. “It’s going to be up to the Kauffman people to sell it, so I don’t think it’s a bad place to be right now. I think it’s the best place for us.”

In an interview with FOX4 Tuesday night, Mayor Quinton Lucas said the sales tax extension could be on the ballot in April for voters in all of Jackson County.

County Administrator Troy Schulte told FOX4 Wednesday, though, that the measure likely won’t appear on the ballot as soon as the new legislature is sworn in early next year.

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