Proposed Theme Park Ticket Tax Nixed By Anaheim City Council
Earlier this week, we here at MickeyBlog reported that the local government in Anaheim, California, where Disneyland Resort was located were considering imposing a $2 tax on all theme park tickets. Thankfully, it looks as if this proposal will not be passed.
According to a piece this morning in the OC Register, council members said that with state and local taxes are already high they don’t think its time to ask voters for a tax that could potentially raise ticket prices.
The ticket tax was originally proposed by Councilman Jose Moreno who pitched a ballot measure that would add a surcharge onto tickets. However, Moreno couldn’t get the necessary support from the rest of the council during a meeting on Tuesday, July 19th. That means that a proposal will not be put before voters this November.
This is a relief to Disney fans. As the Register tells us, this measure would’ve affected both of Disneyland’s theme parks. It was estimated that Disneyland ticket prices would increase about $2.40 per ticket to support the tax.
Moreno argued that Disneyland already raised ticket prices in recent years including the most recent recession which will continue whether or not a mandatory tax is added. However, other council members felt that taxes were already high arguing that visitors already pay a 15% tax to the city on hotel stays.
“Due to the current economic climate, I don’t believe it’s appropriate or that I feel comfortable even asking our residents to consider paying more in taxes to enjoy a local outing,” Councilman Avelino Valencia said.
So, it looks like the proposal won’t gain enough traction to see a resolution in November. However, we’ll continue to follow this story closely and promise to keep you posted.
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Source: OC Register