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City admissions tax considered

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

05/08/2015

 

 

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” was so good that you’re already looking forward to next year’s “Captain America: Civil War”? There’s a possibility the city of Spokane Valley could take a portion of the ticket price should you see it here in town.
Spokane Valley City Council members directed city staff Tuesday to give them more information on how a potential admissions tax could be administered for events or recreational opportunities. No specifics regarding a percentage or what might be exempt – a tax could be levied at movie theaters, for example, but not at bowling alleys – were discussed.
There’s also no clear guess how much money such a tax would bring in.
“We do not have an idea what an admissions tax would bring into the city,” Erik Lamb, deputy city attorney, told the council. “It’s unknown what the budget impacts might be.”
Still, should the idea move forward, Spokane Valley would hardly be alone in implementing the new revenue source. The city of Spokane imposes an admission tax of 5 percent on anyone attending any paid-for event. However, tax collected at events held at the Spokane Convention Center, Inland Northwest Performing Arts Center and Veterans Memorial Arena go the Spokane Public Facilities District. A similar arrangement might be necessary for events at CenterPlace and the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, which benefit from PFD voter-approved funds.
The tax could be also be imposed on season tickets, cover charges at bars, charges on food at free public events, charges on rental space for entertainment purposes and parking.
Council members directed staff to determine which types of businesses in Spokane Valley would be specifically affected, what the potential revenue might be, and the impacts on vendors and attendees at events at the fairgrounds. A follow-up report will be made at a future council meeting.
In other news, due to a lack of agenda items, there will be no council meetings on May 19 and May 26.

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