Fire Hawk at Kings Island. Image © 2009 Kings Island

Kings Island has succeeded in its battle against a new tax on admission tickets and parking fees, after the local council rejected the proposal.

Mason City Council voted overwhelmingly to reject the new tax at its meeting on February 8. Only councilman Tony Bradburn - who introduced the proposal - voted in favor of the tax, which would have introduced levies of 3% on admissions and 5% on parking fees at Kings Island and other attractions in the area.

The park had sought to mobilize supporters to rally against the tax at the council meeting. In the event, over 200 people attended, with the vast majority in favor of rejecting the tax.

Councilman Rich Cox claimed that other venues, rather than Kings Island, would have suffered the most as a result of the new tax. He pointed to The Beach water park as at risk of going under if attendance reduced, saying "I'm not going to let that happen, not on my watch."

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

Supporters of the tax claim it would have raised over $2 million annually, to be invested in infrastructure projects and funding for emergency services. Bradburn claimed that since attractions such as Kings Island bring large numbers of people into Mason City, they should be paying "their fair share" for the services they receive.



I think it would have really put families off if the tax had gone ahead. It would have been a very big increase.

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