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Kings Island is asking guests to help it fight a proposed new tax on park admission tickets and parking fees.

The park has accused Mason City councilman Tony Bradburn of proposing a 3% tax on admissions and a 5% tax on parking fees without the knowledge of the park or its visitors. A vote is expected to take place on the proposals next week - and the park wants guests to lobby for a "no" vote. It claims it will have no choice but to put up prices for the 2010 season if the tax is introduced.

Those wishing to protest can contact Mason City council by calling 513-229-8500 or via e-mail at council@masonoh.org. It is also possible to attend the council meeting itself, which will take place in the Mason City Building at 7pm on Monday, November 23.

For his part, Bradburn claims that the tax is needed to pay for the cost of services (such a fire and police protection) needed to support the large numbers of people Kings Island brings into the city. He also claims that Kings Island had been involved in private conversations around the tax before the proposal was announced - though the park denies this.

Based on current prices, the taxes would see a family of four paying an additional $13.40 on parking and entry fees. The fee would also apply to season passes, adding $19.20 to the cost of a four-pack of Platinum Passes.

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