What Killed Admissions Tax In Clark County?
The vote to kill the proposed admissions tax came as a surprise to some, including me. Clark county sports fans seemed ready for a new Summertime attraction, professional baseball, even if it meant paying a little more to see a movie in a theater or to play some golf.
After hearing that the tax went down, I was suddenly reminded of a budget statement that Clark county emailed to KXL Monday, about 24-hours before commissioners rejected the admissions tax.
The statement was a notice of next week's public hearing on the county budget. (December 6, 6pm) One proposal to be discussed would expand use of the county's real estate excise tax to pay for things it wasn't originally meant to pay for. That clearly shows Clark county's revenue picture isn't healthy. On top of that, Olympia is looking at more cuts that would impact counties.
If you read between the lines you'll see that Clark county is expecting the economy to stay sluggish for years. I wonder if that was the tipping point for the one commissioner who was on the fence about the admissions tax. What do you think?-Steve Leader