Kings Island tax vote Monday, new amendment recommended

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

MASON, OH (FOX19) - Big game Sunday, big vote Monday, the Kings Island tax is back on Mason's radar, taking the whole town along for the ride.

"It could be the difference between them staying home or coming to the park," said Kings Island General Manager Greg Scheid.

The proposed three percent admissions tax and five percent parking tax amounts to just over $1 more per ticket, but Scheid says it all adds up.

"If I go to a company that has 5,000 employees that want to come to the park, that's $5,000 dollars more that company has to pay," Scheid said.

And it's not just Kings Island that's concerned, James Shantillas owner of the Skyline Chili right outside The Beach Water Park, which would also be taxed, says his customer base is on the line.

"A good reason all us restaurants are here are for that summer trade," Chantillas said.

So, has anything changed for council between now and last year when the tax was on the table? Not for council member Tony Bradburn.

"There are so many other variables such as weather that could effect it well before any small admissions tax does," Bradburn said.

But, Bradburn did recommend an amendment to the tax, that would give Mason residents a credit if they go to the park.

"They will be allowed up to a $25 credit for admissions tax and parking tax also," Bradburn said.

Either way local businesses say it's a big blow.

"It's the wrong time to be adding a tax,"Chantillas said.

Bradburn says the tax is estimated to generate $2 million a year and would go towards road funding.

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