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dirk digler
02-11-2010, 02:29 PM
More Proof how big of an idiot he is

http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2010/2/11/1306408/funkhouser-wants-to-end-city#storyjump


Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser, once the subject of an interview in this space, has said he wants to halt city funding for the Truman Sports Complex -- better known as the home for the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.

In the past, the city has provided up to $2 million for the stadiums.
"We have no choice but to now eliminate what is a non-contractual agreement to directly fund the Truman Sports Complex stadiums," Funkhouser said.

Michael Mahoney of KMBC 9 reports, "Funkhouser said the county needs to figure out a long-term solution because 'Kansas City's general fund is not the place to find that money in these tough economic times.'"

Funkhouser cited the more than 200 folks that have been laid off around the city as evidence of the economic times hitting Kansas City.

A few notes on this and why this is not a good idea from the Funkhouser camp:

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First, not paying that money could result in essentially breaking the lease with the Chiefs, according to a March statement from County Executive Mike Sanders.

"The teams would then be, to use the sports phrase, free agents to do whatever they wanted to do. Re-negotiate the deal or to not honor any of the provisions of the lease they did not want to honor," Sanders said at the time.

Second, this could essentially let Johnson County off the hook for paying anything at the stadium.

Third, he doesn't appear to have much support on this. Mike Smith of the Jackson County Sports Authority also commented back in March on how Funkhouser's plan to eliminate the money would, in the long run, cost the city money.

"These stadiums are an economic engine not only for Jackson County, but for Kansas City as well, creating thousands of jobs and generating millions in direct and in-direct state and local taxes," Smith said in a news release. "To curtail the funding by the city, which is used to pay the bonds approved by the voters in 2006, would be to ignore the commitment made by the mayor and council at the time. The county pays the lion's share of the bonds. The city pays a very small part and receives the lion's share of the benefit by having its name on the teams. Note that the teams are not called the Jackson County Royals or the Jackson County Chiefs."

Bottomline? Ending the city funding could result in a violation of the lease with the Chiefs and Royals -- and this is according to many accounts, including that of County Executive Mike Sanders -- which would leave open the possibility of either team freely ending their agreement with the city.

DeezNutz
02-11-2010, 02:29 PM
Well, bye.

Demonpenz
02-11-2010, 02:30 PM
that money could go toward schools

Chocolate Hog
02-11-2010, 02:31 PM
Good for him the city is broke.

dirk digler
02-11-2010, 02:33 PM
Good for him the city is broke.

:spock:

Say goodbye to the Chiefs and the Royals then.

Chocolate Hog
02-11-2010, 02:36 PM
:spock:

Say goodbye to the Chiefs and the Royals then.

Goodluck finding a city that will spend billions they don't have for a sports team in this economy. Look at Kansas City's economic situation its in pretty bad shape.

Demonpenz
02-11-2010, 02:37 PM
honestly we need jobs more than the chiefs and royals. I would like to see them leave if it helps the city, we could become like a booming version of wichita

dirk digler
02-11-2010, 02:38 PM
Goodluck finding a city that will spend billions they don't have for a sports team in this economy. Look at Kansas City's economic situation its in pretty bad shape.

There would be cities lined up to get the Chiefs. Now the Royals are a different matter

Halfcan
02-11-2010, 02:41 PM
why should tax payers have to pay anything?? Those team should be viable on their own. Lords knows neither team spends much of nothing on labor.

Chocolate Hog
02-11-2010, 02:44 PM
http://kansascity.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/2010/01/18/daily15.html

L.A. Chieffan
02-11-2010, 02:45 PM
funkhouser? from curb your enthusiasm?

dirk digler
02-11-2010, 02:49 PM
why should tax payers have to pay anything?? Those team should be viable on their own. Lords knows neither team spends much of nothing on labor.

The upgrades to the stadiums was passed by Jackson Co voters and if passed the teams signed a new 25-yr lease.

On April 4, 2006, Jackson County voters approved a tax increase for $850 million for renovations to Arrowhead and nearby Kauffman Stadium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kauffman_Stadium). However the voters rejected a tax increase for $170 million to place a rolling roof on the stadium. Before the election the NFL awarded the 49th Super Bowl in 2015 to Kansas City provided it have a climate controlled stadium. With the passing of the stadium bill, the Chiefs new lease became effective. With the new lease, the Chiefs will remain at Arrowhead until at least 2031.

Royal Fanatic
02-11-2010, 02:50 PM
Goodluck finding a city that will spend billions they don't have for a sports team in this economy. Look at Kansas City's economic situation its in pretty bad shape.

Are you serious? Cities always line up to get teams to leave their old cities and come to the new ones. Once a team leaves, there is no guarantee that there will ever be a team in that city again. Just ask the football fans in Los Angeles.

Funkhouser is a fucking idiot. We were better off when he was distracted by his constant fighting with the city council because he couldn't bear to go to work without momma at his side.

gblowfish
02-11-2010, 02:50 PM
His wife looks like Vince Lombardi.

Royal Fanatic
02-11-2010, 02:54 PM
honestly we need jobs more than the chiefs and royals. I would like to see them leave if it helps the city, we could become like a booming version of wichita
$2 Million is a pittance out of the city's $1.3 Billion budget. Do you really think that giving the Chiefs and Royals a chance to leave town will result in a net gain in jobs?

Funkhouser is a fucking idiot.

Royal Fanatic
02-11-2010, 02:55 PM
His wife looks like Vince Lombardi.
Not Lombardi when he was in his prime, but a lot like he looks today.

Tango&Cash
02-11-2010, 03:05 PM
that money could go toward schools

That wouldnt do anything, KC schooling system is a joke.

Chocolate Hog
02-11-2010, 03:08 PM
Are you serious? Cities always line up to get teams to leave their old cities and come to the new ones. Once a team leaves, there is no guarantee that there will ever be a team in that city again. Just ask the football fans in Los Angeles.

Funkhouser is a ****ing idiot. We were better off when he was distracted by his constant fighting with the city council because he couldn't bear to go to work without momma at his side.

And how many articles a year are made about the teams leaving? It's not going to happen. I'm glad Kansas Citians are more worried about the sports teams opposed to the side streets not being plowed because the city can't afford it.

dirk digler
02-11-2010, 03:14 PM
And how many articles a year are made about the teams leaving? It's not going to happen. I'm glad Kansas Citians are more worried about the sports teams opposed to the side streets not being plowed because the city can't afford it.

Funkhouser was the one that came up with that stupid idea. He seriously is a joke of mammoth proportions.

googlegoogle
02-11-2010, 03:19 PM
Fans should always fund sports, 'not' city governments.

Then all these stupid demands for new stadiums every few years would end.

Chocolate Hog
02-11-2010, 03:22 PM
Funkhouser was the one that came up with that stupid idea. He seriously is a joke of mammoth proportions.

I'm not a fan of Funkhouser but Kansas City's problems are more than just Funkhouser.

wild1
02-11-2010, 03:26 PM
No, sports teams shouldn't get city funds.

However, there's always another city that would be more than happy to build a new stadium and give them a subsidy to bring the NFL into town.

It's a continuing cost to keep the team. You're always competing against the alternatives.

The city gets way more money in tax revenue than they pay in subsidy, anyway.

penguinz
02-11-2010, 03:26 PM
I'm not a fan of Funkhouser but Kansas City's problems are more than just Funkhouser.He has just made the problems much bigger.

Pants
02-11-2010, 03:31 PM
It's a continuing cost to keep the team. You're always competing against the alternatives.

The city gets way more money in tax revenue than they pay in subsidy, anyway.

Exactly. How can he not realize that the Chiefs bring in a shit ton of money to the city? That is so so so shortsighted. And billay, you need to shut the **** up, you retarded monkey.

dirk digler
02-11-2010, 03:35 PM
I'm not a fan of Funkhouser but Kansas City's problems are more than just Funkhouser.

No doubt the economy hasn't helped but he still is an idiot.

What he doesn't get is the voters passed the tax so they could keep the Chiefs and Royals and the city would have to make a minimum contribution each year.

KCSupersized
02-11-2010, 03:44 PM
Maybe he can pay back the city the money spent to fight lawsuits that arose because his wife!

ChiefsCountry
02-11-2010, 04:09 PM
How come you KC folks havent voted that clown out yet? He is pretty much retarded.
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Royal Fanatic
02-11-2010, 04:12 PM
How come you KC folks havent voted that clown out yet? He is pretty much retarded.
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There was a recall petition last year, but it barely fell short on the number of signatures needed. That was a pity, because Funkhouser is a jackass.

POND_OF_RED
02-11-2010, 04:17 PM
Wonderful idea. I mean Arrowhead and Kauffman don't bring in any sort of revenue for this city. :rolleyes:

KCbroncoHATER
02-11-2010, 04:27 PM
Mayor Funkhouser saved this city from the developers. You want to bitch about someone go look up that old broad that gave away millions in tax revenue to them.

As for him holding back the money from the Chiefs, good for him. Let them figure how pay to "up keep" the stadium. There is no fear of them moving anywhere for the next 20 years. Hell Clark just build new offices for staff, why would he leave and lost all that money? Which was way more than 2 million.

Adept Havelock
02-11-2010, 05:16 PM
Mayor Lurch's latest idiocy proves he's penny-wise and pound-foolish.

LaChapelle
02-11-2010, 05:19 PM
I wonder what the Chiefs and Royals annual payroll is
St Joe must be doing cartwheels with $$ they spent

BigRedChief
02-11-2010, 05:21 PM
that money could go toward schoolsOr to pay the lawyer fees and lawsuits from the Mayors wife "volunteering" in city hall. Millions have been spent by the city of KC because of his wife.

The KC public voted and wanted the money to go to the stadiums. This is just another case of a politician taking money that doesn't belong to his discretion and taking it from what the people were told it was to be used for.

BigRedChief
02-11-2010, 05:26 PM
No, sports teams shouldn't get city funds.

However, there's always another city that would be more than happy to build a new stadium and give them a subsidy to bring the NFL into town.

It's a continuing cost to keep the team. You're always competing against the alternatives.

The city gets way more money in tax revenue than they pay in subsidy, anyway.Although I agree its corporate welfare.The citizens voted to give these corporations the welfare. The people just spoke recently they wanted their tax $'s to go to the stadiums.

BigRedChief
02-11-2010, 05:30 PM
why should tax payers have to pay anything?? Those team should be viable on their own. Lords knows neither team spends much of nothing on labor.Again, I agree but, thats not reality. Other cities will be lined up to pay the $2 million. I hear that the Chiefs alone at Arrowhead bring in $4.9 million in tax revenue. Not to mention the jobs, the "stuff they buy, construction jobs etc.

The people were aware of this when they coted to tax themselfs and give the money to the stadium and the teams.

stanleychief
02-11-2010, 05:41 PM
Politically I have no interest in this, but if the city were to lose our two sports team because of this I'd be majorly pissed off. Whether or not cities should pay for this is irrelevant if it is in a contract.