Sandusky wants to charge Cedar Point goers parking tax

Posted Friday, May 31, 2002 4:58 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Sandusky officials voted to approve the study of a parking tax that would exclusively target guests of Cedar Point. The city already imposes an admission tax. The park opposes the plan.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 5:19 AM
I guess the city wants to make more money off tourism...That would be a shame though, if it did pass.
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Friday, May 31, 2002 5:22 AM
Hmmm, ever hear *dont bite the hand that feeds you*. Cedar Point brings in millions of dollars in tourism money for Sandusky, and for them to charge a parking tax is total BS.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 5:36 AM
Well, I certainly hope that a parking tax doesn't fly over but you gotta look at it from the city's view; there is a considerable amount of money to be made off taxing the parking. City governments are always looking for new and "creative" ways to squeeze an extra nickel out of the tax payers and this seems to be a nifty little way to do it. Does anybody know if the city imposes a restaurant and lodging tax? {Down here in little old Cave City, KY the tax rate at motels and dining establishments is 7% v/s the normal state tax-rate of 6%. The city tacks on(pardon the pun) an extra one percent to every ticket.}

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Friday, May 31, 2002 5:44 AM
I know how Cedar Point could easily make itself exempt from such a tax..........

Yet another argument against $8 parking, I guess...

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Friday, May 31, 2002 5:44 AM
This is ridiculous. Sandusky already charges a 3% admission tax. Does it ever end? What's next, a causeway toll?
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Friday, May 31, 2002 5:49 AM
MDOmnis said in closed thread...

Personally, I think Sandusky should realize that without CP, there is practically no reason for anyone to go there. No need to piss off the company that makes the economy in your town go.

While Cedar Point is certainly a big part of the local economy, it's not the only game in town. Coaster enthusiasts may not realize it, but there are many reasons tourists come to Erie County besides Cedar Point. Unless someone picks up Lake Erie and moves it, there will always be a reason to visit. Tourism adds to the economy, but it also stresses local services. You couldn't begin to imagine the toll that tourists take on police, fire, highways, etc. Not to mention many of them forget how to drive when they get here :)

That said, my opinion is that the tax is a bad idea. To keep taxing the biggest guy in town is just asking for trouble. I'm sure it happens in other industries in other communities as well. I think the talk of a tax will remain just talk.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 5:58 AM

Danimales said: This is ridiculous. Sandusky already charges a 3% admission tax. Does it ever end? What's next, a causeway toll?

- The cuaseway toll is included in your price for parking.

Gemini said: You couldn't begin to imagine the toll that tourists take on police, fire, highways, etc. Not to mention many of them forget how to drive when they get here

- That's a good point.

And then Gemini said: I think the talk of a tax will remain just talk.

- I wouldn't be too sure about that. I don't think the $10/day parking days are that far ahead in the future, and I wouldn't be surprised if Cedar Point started the trend, like it or not.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 6:02 AM

- I wouldn't be too sure about that. I don't think the $10/day parking days are that far ahead in the future, and I wouldn't be surprised if Cedar Point started the trend, like it or not.

True - but I think it's more likely to be an increase caused by Cedar Point and not by the city of Sandusky. As we've seen with parking and Pepsi, Cedar Point doesn't need any outside help to raise prices :)

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Friday, May 31, 2002 6:05 AM

There is a lodging tax, though it is called a bed tax. The last time I knew, the total tax on a hotel room in Sandusky was 11% (6% sales plus 5% bed tax). As for a "Causeway Toll" that is already included in your $8 parking fee (ripoff). The toll was the original fee (back when the toll booths were out near the A-Frames and Condos).

As for a parking tax, I am with Dave on this one. CP should eliminate the parking fee. Of course CP would raise an admission ticket another $8 (of which 3% would go back to the City on the admission tax). I think Sandusky knows that CP isn't going to eliminate the revenue generated by the parking fee.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 6:16 AM
As I said in an earlier thread, you just have to love the stadium tax we were charged in San Antonio for our hotel room on the Coaster Zombie trip. We went to San Antonio for Sea World, Fiesta Texas, and Shlitterbahn, not to build a stadium that will demolished in 10 years when the owner threatens to leave town, and then makes them build a new stadium.
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Friday, May 31, 2002 6:22 AM

I don't think the $10/day parking days are that far ahead in the future, and I wouldn't be surprised if Cedar Point started the trend, like it or not.

Hate to tell you, but CP will not be starting this trend as anyone who has been to SFGAdv will tell you.......it's been $10 to park there for a few years now. Although I think it's pathetic to pay to park anywhere, (I liken it to paying for air at a gas sation), I would pay $10 for CP, long before I would pay that price for any other park. If I am not mistaken, a few other SF parks are this high now also. The only thing CP sets a trend for is th best rides! If they can stop this proposal, they will. They are well aware of the GP's opinion of this and do not want to risk losing ANY customers.

P.S. For the record, SFGAdv's parking lot is one of the most poorly designed, constructed and maintained lots in all the business. They make you walk right through the main traffic patterns and it hasn't been paved in about 25 yrs. Security is never around when you need them.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 6:23 AM
That is funny!, and smart.
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Friday, May 31, 2002 6:28 AM

Opthodoc - $10 parking fees are not that far off at all. SFA already charges $9 to park.

Not park related... but go to Inner Harbor in Baltimore or Penns Landing in Philadelphia, and you will be lucky if you get a way paying less than $12 or $14 to park for the day.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 6:53 AM

{Down here in little old Cave City, KY the tax rate at motels and dining establishments is 7% v/s the normal state tax-rate of 6%. The city tacks on(pardon the pun) an extra one percent to every ticket.}


Hey, we live in the same county...

Ok, now back on topic...

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Friday, May 31, 2002 7:28 AM

I'm surprised CP doesn't charge MORE for parking... They have you over a barrel, how else are you going to get to the park - swim??? The ferry is the only alternative, and I don't think it's any cheaper.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 8:53 AM
Actually SFGAdv got there parking lot paved this year volley guy.
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Friday, May 31, 2002 9:05 AM

Danimales wrote:

5/31/2002, 9:44:08 This is ridiculous. Sandusky already charges a 3% admission tax. Does it ever end? What's next, a causeway toll?


There's a 50 cent Causeway Toll included in the parking fee at CP. They do this becasue that their causeway and they need money to maintain it beasue they don't get any money from the city, state, or government. I do not know how they tax the toll if they do at all.

BTW I hope this law doesn't take affect until the end of this season.

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Friday, May 31, 2002 9:16 AM
Six Flags New England charges $10.00 I think, I'm not sure maybe it is only $9. Knoebel's is free and I like that. :-)

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Friday, May 31, 2002 11:29 AM

Parking taxes are nothing new to us Chicagoans. Cook county (where Chicago resides) has a tax on parking for any establishment that charges parking fees within county lines

We pay a parking tax to park our cars at the Brookfield zoo, Lincoln Park zoo, parking garages, etc.

If CP lowered the parking fee to $7.00 than the guests wouldnt even know there was a tax.

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