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Kings Island Vows To Fight Potential Tax Imposed on Its Guests

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The long standing battle between Kings Island, The Beach and other entertainment venues and the City of Mason are set to face off next week over a proposed admissions tax which will affect millions of park goers.

Mason claims that a 3% tax on admissions and a 5% tax on parking will generate $2 million per year in revenue for projects such as street improvements according to this article by whiotv.com.

The proposal, which was not on the council's original agenda on November 9th, is spearheaded by the chairman of the city's finance committee and tax advocate Tony Bradburn.

Greg Scheid, vice president and general manager of Kings Island, describe a feeling of "shell shock" in an interview with Journal News.

Scheid added that Kings Island had paid nearly $110,000 to cover the cost of Mason Police patrolling the park's property in the past two seasons and Kings Island employees have paid $440,000 in income tax over the same span.

In the latest edition of the Kings Island Newsletter, the park warns of the likely consequences of this tax which includes a drop in attendance and revenues which will result in the reduction of full time and part time employees as well as a reduction in future expansion.

The council is expected to vote on the issue on Monday, November 23rd.

To voice your opinion, come to the Mason City Council meeting (which is open to the public).

Mason City Building

6000 Mason-Montgomery Rd.

Mason, OH 45040

November 23rd, 2009 7:00pm EST

Or contact the Mason City Council directly at 513-229-8500 or by email council@masonoh.org

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