COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Blue Jackets fans are just now coming off of the team’s Stanley Cup playoffs high.
With the city putting a 5% ticket tax on some events, the Blue Jackets have a deal where fans can avoid the city tax for up to seven years.
Blue Jackets President, Mike Priest says a letter was sent to fans regarding the ticket tax. It says…”We have learned that any individual or company that commits to a ticket plan by June 30, 2019, irrespective of when payment is made, will not be subject to the admissions fee”
This does not just apply to tickets for the upcoming season, the team’s multi-year season ticket plans are available for three, five or seven seasons.
Recently the Columbus Clippers sent a similar letter to season ticket holders with a comparable deal.
Late last year, the Columbus City Council voted to approve a 5% ticket fee on pro sports and entertainment events.
In a statement, council president Shannon Hardin says…
“We believe the arts are a driver of Columbus’ creative economy and critical to our kids educational future. Our plan was developed with a year of public input. It will double grants to local groups, much of it from out of town visitors and companies.”
Arts for Columbus has supported the tax since day one and believes this is just a marketing tool by teams to get fans to commit to future events.
They say this tax is desperately needed.
“If we don’t have the art fee things like festivals in the neighborhoods and free dance classes and arts education in the schools those go away. I think everyone agrees that those are important for Columbus,” said, Arts for Columbus spokesperson, Lisa Giffin.
Mike Gonidakis with advocates for responsible taxation says special treatment should not be given to season ticket holders
“On July first the city council, city government is picking winners and losers. That’s unfortunate for a family that has limited amount of money for entertainment dollar for their kids for a night or weekend event now that they have to dig deeper in their pocket to pay for this,” he says.