Documents Raise Questions About KC Royals’ Use Of Taxpayer Money

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KANSAS CITY – Documents obtained by Sports Radio 810 WHB show that of $17 million in taxpayer money earmarked for improvements to Kauffman Stadium, only nine percent was spent by the Kansas City Royals on actual repairs and maintenance to the stadium over the last five years.

WHB found that at least $12.7 million from taxpayerss—money that was requested by the Royals for repairs and approved by the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority as part of the team’s lease on the stadium—went to employee salaries, security, cable bills, first aid, utilities, telephones and payroll taxes.

As WHB writer Kevin Kietzman noted:

“By using the money for payroll taxes, the team literally collected taxpayer money to pay their own taxes.”

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