Opponents of Columbus's "Ticket Tax" Have Signatures to Put it up to a Vote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Opponents of Columbus's pending "ticket tax" say they have gathered enough signatures to put the issue before voters this year.

Organizers of "Ohioans for Responsible Taxation" began gathering the necessary valid signatures for the issue to go up for a vote by this November.

Mike Gonadakis tells 610-WTVN's Mark Blazor that council in essence approved two different taxes. He claims the tax would make it more expensive for families to attend sporting events, movies, and concerts, to which the tax applies.

It does not apply to collegiate athletics, like Ohio State Football.

The tax would raise an estimated $6 million a year for the Greater Columbus Arts Council to fund arts groups, and the second 5 percent tax would raise an estimated $3 million a year: $2.4 million would go toward nationwide arena improvements and $600,000 to improvements of arts facilities.

(photo courtesy ABC-6)

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