[Kansas City.com] Because of a last-minute effort, the plan to build a rolling roof at the Truman Sports Complex might get on the August ballot.
In April, voters defeated a plan that would have put a $200 million movable roof over Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums. About $170 million of that would have been generated by a new use tax, paid mostly by businesses. The rest would have come from the Chiefs and the sale of naming rights.
County Legislator Dennis Waits said he would bring essentially the same proposal back before the Jackson County Legislature on Monday, days before the deadline for the August ballot. If the county places the measure on the ballot before May 30, the roof will come before voters again this summer.
Waits says he wants to have a debate on the roof idea. If other legislators have changes, he said, he’s open to them.
The Chiefs, who support the roof plan, did not ask Waits to reintroduce the proposal, but the club would like to see it go up for vote again, said Jack Steadman, the Chiefs’ vice chairman. “We’re disappointed it didn’t pass in April,” he said.
The National Football League has promised to have the Super Bowl here in 2015 if voters say yes to the roof. The team is also planning a major renovation of the stadium. “If it doesn’t get in in August, it’s too late,” Steadman said. But the public has to have the final say, he said.