22,000 Signatures Submitted to Put Ticket Tax on Ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Opponents of Columbus's new "ticket tax" have submitted 22,000 signatures on a petition, in an effort to put the issue before voters This November.

Advocates for Responsible Taxation delivered the petitions to Columbus City Hall Monday, saying residents don't want the additional fees to attend sporting events, concerts, or movies in Columbus.

The 5-percent tax went into effect July 1st, after Columbus City Council approved it earlier this year.

It does not apply to college athletics, like Ohio State Football games, or museums in the city.

The money raised from the tax would go to keep up with maintenance and repairs at Nationwide Arena, and to fund local arts programs.

The signatures now have to be validated by the Franklin County Board of Elections for the measure to be put before voters as a charter amendment.

Opponents of the tax say only 11,000 valid signatures were needed, but wanted the additional numbers in case many of them are found invalid.

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