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Fans wait to enter Nationwide Arena for a Blue Jackets scrimmage.
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Central Ohioans buying tickets for shows and sports events in Columbus will see higher prices starting Monday, as two new 5% ticket taxes kick into effect.

Ohio Theatre
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They may have missed their 30-day window for a referendum, but opponents of Columbus’ new ticket tax are still pursuing efforts to keep it from going into effect.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, works against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois during Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Nationwide Arena.
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Opponents of a recently approved Columbus ticket tax ordinance missed the deadline to challenge the measure through a referendum.

Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella head coach John Tortorella.
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Facing stiff opposition, Columbus leaders have downsized a proposed ticket tax. The new plan lowers the tax from 7 percent to 5 percent, and it also better defines where the money will go. But some opponents still threaten to take the issue to the ballot.

Columbus's Proposed Ticket Tax

Oct 9, 2018
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The Greater Columbus Arts Council proposed a 7 percent tax in August on tickets and admission to all events in the city.

While the tax would raise money for the arts and bankroll upgrades to Nationwide Arena, anyone going to practically any event in Columbus will have to pay extra.

Today on All Sides, we discuss the ticket-tax and how other communities fund their arts.

Guests:

Ticket Tax In Columbus

Sep 4, 2018
Nationwide Arena
WOSU file photo

The Greater Columbus Arts Council wants a 7 percent tax placed on tickets or admission to all events in the city. The ticket-tax, which would raise money for the arts and bankroll upgrades to Nationwide Arena, includes sports games, concerts, performances, movies and events.

Today on All Sides we discuss the pros and cons of a ticket-tax in Columbus.

Columbus Southern Theatre looking out at the seating area from the stage
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Columbus artists, entrepreneurs and residents gathered in a meeting room at Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday to hear from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Some clutched paper cups filled with hot coffee, while others pulled out notebooks and pens.

Christopher Purdy and costumed character at the WOSU booth at the Columbus Arts Festival
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Live radio from the studio is great, but nothing beats live radio out in the community. For a ham like me, what could be better than presiding over Classical 101 by Request, live from the Columbus Arts Festival, from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 9?

10:00 Cross your fingers for good weather! This hour All Sides is broadcasting live from the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival. We'll get the low down on this year's festivities from the new president of the Greater Columbus Arts Council; we'll hear about the Idea Foundry's grant to rehab an old warehouse in Franklinton, and we'll pull a wooden flute maker from his booth to delight us with his art. Guests

10:00 Today we'll talk to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and the President of the Greater Columbus Arts Council about the economic development of the arts. Guests:

  • Rocco Landesman (Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts)
  • Milt Baughman (President, Greater Columbus Arts Council)

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