Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2004 9:11 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The Sandusky City Commission voted 4-3 to repeal the parking tax they passed last year that affects only Cedar Point. The legislation requires one more reading and vote to be become law. Cedar Point has said they've entertained the possibility of suing the city if the tax was kept in place.
Read more from The Morning Journal.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 12:12 PM
Good for them. How much does Cedar Point already provide for the city in terms of taxes and tourism? I'd say they've done their part.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 3:32 PM
Yeah, I like the Mr and Mrs Michigan comment. Wanna know why I have a season pass and a parking pass??
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 7:44 PM
I'm sorry, but I live in Lorain. It's my responsibility to help take care of the streets here in Lorain, not six towns over in Sandusky. "Rather have Mr. and Mrs. Michigan pay for it" right. I suppose that if Perkins Twp. would start taxing every Sandusky resident that drives down Rt. 250 to help pay for it that'd be okay with everyone from Sandusky?
It's not my city. I take care of my city. Why should I take care of yours too?
Thursday, January 29, 2004 8:05 AM
Because 3 + million of you come through the city each season. That's wear and tear on the roads, additional stress on the sewer and water systems, and a few of you will require police of fire or EMT support. It's just fiscally responsible of the city to look out for it's citizens.
Thursday, January 29, 2004 9:13 AM
But that's just it... the tourists cross through maybe a mile or two of road at most in Sandusky. The rest is Perkins Township. Walt would know the specifics.
Thursday, January 29, 2004 9:36 AM
Jeff is correct. Sandusky only has a portion of the tourist burden. If you made a list of Erie County municipalities with the most costs associated with tourism, Sandusky may very well be at the top of the list. However, I'm not so sure that the cost is proportional to the revenue. That isn't necessarily a bad thing that the city benefits, but there has to be a limit. Money from Cedar Point already makes up almost 25% of the city's general fund. The parking tax is a good example of going too far.
While I'm all for sticking it to the tourists (to a reasonable and fair extent), I think it should be done in a way to benefit the whole region. The bed tax is a good example of something that doesn't unfairly target one business and benefits everyone in the region.
*** This post was edited by Gemini 1/29/2004 9:38:46 AM ***