Ohio theme parks about to get more costly

Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:01 AM
That is, if Gov. Bob Taft's tax plan goes through. All forms of entertainment, including movie tickets, sports events, cover charges, and yes, even amusement park admission, will be subject to the state sales tax. Even parking will be taxed.

I have to say that after Taft's "Taxin' Tim" Hagan political ads, I didn't think he'd raise taxes a month after taking office...

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:06 AM
Taxes on cover charges? Lame.

I can just picture a door man at a club collecting a $7.24 cover. Ha!

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:11 AM
What'll happen is that the cover charge will go up to $8, with the bar pocketing the change. I expect movie tickets to go from $8 to $9 as well.

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:17 AM
Or the cover will be set so that the price with tax comes out to a whole dollar amount. Which will have the same exact outcome that you're describing. I'd still like to see the doorman make change for $7.24 a couple hundred times a night, though. ;)
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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:26 AM
But here's my question, on "Ladies Night" will I need to scrounge up 24 cents to pay the tax on my waived cover charge?

Dawn, who doesn't go clubbin' in Ohio, but is asking for all my sisters.
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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:30 AM
Only before 11pm, then you've got to pay the $7.24 just like everyone else.

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:32 AM
Unless you're willing to show some skin. Then it's only $.24 (not at all bitter because all his female friends get into clubs faster, cheaper, and more often).

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:36 AM
"faster, cheaper, and more often" that's somebody's new sig

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:47 AM
I don't go to clubs, but I'm pissed that women get all the free games they can play at GameWorks on certain nights. Where's the Man Night?!?

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:52 AM
I doubt that many girls go to the ladies nights there so they aren't losing a whole lot. I think taxes on entertainment are stupid. Movies are 9 dollars I think down here in Cincinnati.

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 9:58 AM
Amazing that after his 5 years in office, this budget "crisis" apparently snuck up on us all. Or so it is claimed.

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 10:00 AM
$9 movie tickets? I wish that we still had $9 movies. It's mostly $10 and up near where I work in San Francisco, at least the places I've been. Sucks big time. Luckily I can get into the movies for $6 most of the time, so that's good. ;) The theater down the street from my house only charges $5 for matinees too, so that's awesome.

I surely hope that California doesn't follow suit anytime soon. We have enough taxation already. Don't need no more, no sir, don't need it!

Justin "I'm bored at work today" Adams

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 10:02 AM
Yeah, movies are already $8.50 or $8.75 at all Showcase cinemas around cincinnati (only one theatre isn't showcase, which is owned by viacom which owns paramount, go figure).

Now I think if this law is passed we need to revolt. Maybe gather people together to throw tea into the lake at Cedar Point, or into the Little Miami from Kings Island.... This new "entertainment tax" would just hurt amusement parks more. They were already hurting from a decline in travel and such since September 11 and now that this new tax would be all the more reason for out of state people to not travel here.

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 10:16 AM
Aren't we over-reacting a littlt, teeny weeny bit?

Entertainment taxes seem to be nothing too new, and even if they are don't amount to much on a per-person basis.

For example - Last Saturday I watched two movies at Newport on the Levee (accross the river from Cincinnati), according to my movie tickets, I paid about 36 cents tax on each show.

I'm sure noone is going to say: "I'm not going to Cedar Point becuause it just became $2.40 more expensive.".

Not that I like the tax, which is going to wind up costing my fellow Ohioans and I a small fortune in newly taxed services like dry cleaning, landscaping/yard care services, etc. I'm just sort of surprised entertainment wasn't taxed up to this point. If they weren't, then why did LeSourdsville Lake's (in Ohio) have signs at the front gate specified how much of your ticket cost is sales tax, and that was in 2002!

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 10:25 AM
Just because there might be a new tax on amusement park admission prices does not mean prices will go up. Parks can simply choose to absorb those costs instead of pass them on to the customer.

Moosh

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 10:32 AM

Taxes are included in most park pricing. PKI has always just included it in the price. There has always been a state sales tax on park admissions. Taft is just increasing about every tax in the state and including things that were not taxed before.

Chuck, who voted independent.


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Charles Nungester.
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Thursday, February 6, 2003 10:56 AM
And isn't school funding still unconstitutional? Ohio, at the state level, really needs people who have a clue in office.

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 11:08 AM
Yes, Jeff, it is. It's a Catch-22, because poor school districts (such as Groveport Madison here in Franklin County just this week) keep losing bond issue and levy attempts, and the reason for many people to vote no is that the funding is unconstitutional. Yet they have no other choice aside from huge sales tax increases.

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 11:30 AM
Umm, wow! (rolleyes). Tax @ SFA has been 10% at least as long as SFA has *been* SFA. What? You all think government runs for free? NEWS FLASH: Many government workers get paid *less* than their private sector counterparts.

lata, jeremy

--who *would* like to see government run more efficiently

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Thursday, February 6, 2003 12:13 PM
There goes the affordability of that $1 theater!

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