City, county officials reach long-term funding deal to maintain Truman Sports Complex

Kansas City long ago agreed to pay $2 million a year for upkeep of the Truman Sports Complex. Now that promise is in writing.

The Jackson County Legislature ratified the agreement Monday, about two weeks after the City Council did the same.

When Mark Funkhouser became mayor in 2007, he tried unsuccessfully to cut off funding entirely to maintain Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums, saying the city was under no obligation to make good on what was essentially a handshake agreement.

He did convince the City Council to cut the city’s contribution by several hundred thousand dollars, which angered county officials.

Full funding has since been restored, but to ensure stability, a formal agreement was drafted. It runs through 2030.