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Opponents of Columbus’ ticket tax came up short on collecting signatures to put a ballot measure in front of voters in November. 

Anti-ticket tax petition signatures are counted at City Hall.
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Opponents of Columbus’ ticket tax submitted around 19,000 signatures Monday to put a ballot measure in front of voters in November.

Columbus Ticket Taxes Take Effect

Jul 3, 2019
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The new ticket tax in Columbus went into effect this week. 

The 5% tax will apply to some sporting events and arts venues, and is expected to raise some $6 million a year for the Greater Columbus Arts Council to funds arts in the city. 

But the tax is not without its challengers. A petition is circulating to remove the tax via ballot issue and would also prevent any similar tax in the future. 

Today on All Sides, the ticket tax and what to expect moving forward. 

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.

On Friday, March 22, 2019, a participant smokes a marijuana cigarette during at meet and greet at "Tommy Chong's Live, Love, and Smoke Tour" in Los Angeles.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss efforts to reform drug laws so users would avoid jail time and the stigma of a felony conviction. Gary Daniels, chief lobbyist for the ACLU of Ohio, joins the show.

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.

Sherrod Who?

Dec 20, 2018
Sherrod Brown
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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how Sen. Sherrod Brown faired in a recent poll about possible Democratic candidates for president. Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown joins the show.

A new 20,000-seat stadium for the Columbus Crew SC is being proposed for the Arena District.
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The city will kick in $50 million for site development and infrastructure, while the Crew’s current home at MAPFRE Stadium is set to become a community sports park.

Today on All Sides, the development for both sites and how the city is financing it.


Columbus City Hall
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Columbus City Council on Monday approved a 5 percent tax on tickets with a last-minute amendment exempting most non-profit organizations. The proposal will support grants for local arts organizations and maintenance at Nationwide Arena.

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Columbus City Council's Monday meeting will be its last of the year, and members will have to make their way through an agenda crammed full of significant proposals before they adjourn for the holidays.

All American Quarter Horse Congress

The All American Quarterhorse Congress stretches over the better part of October. But the annual event, which bills itself as Columbus’ biggest, may completely avoid the city’s proposed ticket tax.

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 Blue Jackets John Tortorella head coach John Tortorella.
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A ticket tax proposed by Columbus City Council would mean more money for maintenance at Nationwide Arena. But Nationwide's highest-profile tenant is pushing back.

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.