Mason considers amusement tax for Paramount's Kings Island

Posted Monday, May 1, 2006 12:21 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A member of the Mason City Council said the city could raise millions of dollars for needed road improvements by instituting an admissions tax at Kings Island amusement park. Tony Bradburn is proposing an admissions tax of between 3 percent and 5 percent. The park opposes the idea.

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Monday, May 1, 2006 12:42 PM
The park opposes the idea. Ha! :)

This kind of thing has come up several times before with Cedar Point and Kennywood to name a few. The park brings in a ton of money for the local economy, right? So an additional tax is just a slap in the face to PKI, right? Does that about sum up those other threads?

Monday, May 1, 2006 1:48 PM
Government will use any way possible to confiscate as much of the public's wealth as they can, and if this is enacted roads will get no better, budgets wont be cut but government will just spend and waste more money!!
Monday, May 1, 2006 4:32 PM

You gotta understand. You MUST vote YES on all new taxes. Their offices are not big enough to take care of the workload that they get. Politicians everywhere need a raise.

You shouldn't oppose any new taxes.

Oh yeah and... ;)

~Rob Willi

Monday, May 1, 2006 5:37 PM
$3.5 million is a considerable chunk. But when it comes to repairing infrastructure, it's a negligible drop in the bucket. It will get maybe a mile or two of highway repaired.

Probably the first thing they'd do after enacting such a tax would be to hire an accounting firm to figure out how much they're actually due based on adult and children's admissions, online and group discounts, etc. So they may collect 3.5 million, but much less than that will actually end up being used for the purpose for which the tax was passed.

Besides, local patrons are already paying plenty of taxes I'm sure. And those tourists who come from far away are most certainly paying some sort of local tax on hotel rooms. That leaves only a few people who aren't contributing in some way to the local coffers.

Monday, May 1, 2006 6:40 PM
Mason is one of the richest areas in Warren County. Why dont they tax the millionaires that live there
Monday, May 1, 2006 7:51 PM

Why don't they tax the millionaires that live there.

They already do get taxed enough for all their land they own. People with that money loose about half of it due to major taxes.

And as for the park. The goverment shouldn't have the right to tax the park for income. I'm not sure if they have a right or not but it would really make the park expensive to go to.

Monday, May 1, 2006 9:07 PM
Doing the calculations, the tax would be $1.50 to $2.00 based upon a one-day general admission ticket. Is that difference REALLY going to deter people from buying tickets to the park?
Tuesday, May 2, 2006 3:49 PM
maybe not. But the state still shouldn't have the right to set the parks sales. I'm not sure about ohio but in Michigan it is up to the company. They tried to tax Michigans adventure a few years back and Cedarfair L.P. took it to court.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006 4:02 PM
In order to maintain the value level for the customer, the park will have to eat that cost by adjusting the gate price. They can't just say "$36 + tax" because people will flip out when they see the actual price.

I don't oppose the tax, but I think it blindly ignores the revenue and tax to the local economy from all of the tourists spending their money with other businesses.


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