KC should learn from Overland Park's youth soccer project
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City wants to build several youth soccer fields in Swope Park, sparking a fight with the Raytown School District and others over how to fund the project.
So it’s worth looking at how Overland Park financed its 12-field soccer complex.
It cost almost $37 million, and the annual debt is paid from the hotel guest tax and the alcohol tax.
Overland Park, in other words, made the fields a priority and used its own funds to build them.
Kansas City should try that approach, too, and stop trying to grab money from other taxing jurisdictions.