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News Release

State Auditor Schweich Releases Audit of Jackson County Sports Complex Authority

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 19, 2011

CONTACT: Spence Jackson, Media Director
(573) 751-4213
E-mail:  Spence.Jackson@auditor.mo.gov


JEFFERSON CITY (December 19, 2011) -- State Auditor Tom Schweich today released the audit of the Jackson County Sports Authority.

In the areas audited, the overall performance of this entity was Good.

The Jackson County Sports Complex Authority (JCSCA) is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex, where the Kansas City Chiefs football and Kansas City Royals baseball teams compete. Pursuant to lease agreements with both teams, the teams are primarily responsible for the long-term maintenance of the stadiums. The teams pay rent to the JCSCA, and the JCSCA pays management fees to the teams to compensate them for the cost of utilities and managing the daily operations of the stadiums..

The JCSCA is governed by a five-member board of commissioners, each of whom is recommended by the Jackson County legislature and appointed by the governor, with advice and consent of the Missouri Senate.

On several occasions, the JCSCA said it was closing a meeting to discuss one topic but then discussed other topics, some of which were not allowable under the Sunshine Law.

The Chiefs and Royals are contractually required to maintain liability insurance on the respective stadiums, and Jackson County fulfills the JCSCA's duty to maintain casualty insurance, but the JCSCA did not request proof of insurance from any of these parties to confirm that adequate coverage is in place.

The JCSCA did not maintain adequate supporting documentation for some expenditures. The JCSCA purchased a chartered flight for $6,500, but the voucher does not indicate who was on the flight or the purpose for the flight. In addition, the executive director's expense reports did not always document the purpose of the expenses. The JCSCA does not always competitively bid professional services, such as legislative, accounting and audit, and legal services, as required by state law.

The JCSCA does not adequately document who uses its tickets for the Royals home baseball games or its suite at the Chiefs home football games, making it difficult to ensure the cost of providing food, beverages and tickets to state and local public officials is reported to the Missouri Ethic Commission. Between January 2008 and December 2010, the JCSCA's lobbyist reported only $1,857 in expenditures provided to public officials at Chiefs games and reported no expenditures for use of Royals tickets by public officials.

The JCSCA's Board of Commissioners should improve its oversight of the authority's activities. The Board does not usually request supporting documentation for expenditures, and there is no documentation that the Board provides any other type of supervision over the activities of the executive director.

To view the complete report, Citizens Summary and audit rating scale, visit http://www.auditor.mo.gov/press/2011-114.htm.