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Vote on Kings Island tax delayed

Fire Hawk at Kings Island. Image © 2009 Kings Island

A vote on a proposed new tax on admission and parking fees at Kings Island has been delayed until February 2010.

Mason City Council was due to vote on the proposal at its meeting on Monday, but opted to push it into next year after dozens of people attended to speak out against the tax. The vote will now take place at the council's meeting on February 8.

The new tax would introduce a 3% levy on admissions and add 5% to parking fees. Kings Island has been vocal in its opposition to the potential tax, and last week asked guests to lobby the council to dismiss it.

The park claims it will have no choice but to put up prices for the 2010 season if the tax is introduced, and has accused Mason City councilman Tony Bradburn of proposing it without the knowledge of the park or its visitors.

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.

Those wishing to protest prior to the February meeting can contact Mason City council by calling 513-229-8500 or via e-mail at

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I would be annoyed if I had paid for a ticket then had to pay an extra tax on top. I surely would be better to increase ticket prices if more money is desperately needed!

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