City council rejects Kings Island admission tax
The Mason, Ohio city council last night finally voted on that proposed ticket and parking tax for Kings Island, rejecting the proposal
The tax would have raised about $2.4 million (a number I figured out here) by adding 3 percent to the cost of tickets and passes and 5 percent to the parking fee.
That's not much per ticket - it would have worked out to about a buck extra per ticket I bought last year, plus an extra 50 cents or so on the parking. And the councilman who proposed the tax increase said it would have gone toward improving roads the highway interchange and access road to the park. But Kings Island launched a PR blitz against the tax, e-mailing passholders to turn out in opposition.
Looks like it worked.
On face value, it looks selfish on KI's part - denying the county money to go to road improvements that service KI's customers.
Cedar Fair doesn't always take kindly to the city taxing their businesses. They've dueled with Sandusky over parking taxes in the past. They are battling Santa Clara and the 49ers over a proposed stadium on their parking lot. It doesn't surprise me that they tighten up on even the smallest of increases, because they know it opens the door to more later, and they don't want the city thinking that they can just milk the cash cow whenever they have budget shortages elsewhere. They don't like to increase ticket or parking prices, and they don't want to eat millions of dollars on the whim of city council. It also shows the loyalty of their fans and customers, who evidently made enough noise for city council to listen.
Any company that can keep a local government from spending tax money to build a pro sports stadium gets a brownie point from me.
I grew up in the Kings Island area, and in fact my family still lived there up until a few years ago. I specifically remember when the city of Mason annexed Kings Island away from Deerfield Township which Kings Island has a closer proximity to. From that point on taxes stopped going to the Kings local school district (which I attended- albeit long before this issue) and instead went to the Mason schools. realize that both the Kings High School and Middle are literally in Kings Island's back yard- right by the SOB- so that community felt a great loss from this annex. No one was surprised to see Mason grow into a large, highly rated district, while the rest of the local townships got nothing.
Interesting background there, anonymous. Thanks for that.
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