Last month, a member of the Anaheim City Council proposed a 2% gate tax on venues with capacity for 15,000 guests or more in Anaheim specifically the Disneyland Resort and the Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks. Angels Stadium would be except from the gate tax due to their lease agreement with the city of Anaheim according to the Los Angeles Times.
Jose Moreno, a Anaheim City Councilman, proposed the 2% gate tax to generate revenue for the city of Anaheim noting that the revenue for the city is thinning. If passed, this gate tax could potentially net the city an added revenue of $55 million to $82 million dollars. The Los Angeles Times noted that Councilman Moreno, who is in his last year in this post, has been very vocal about tax breaks for the Disneyland Resort.
However, Moreno did not get the support of the rest of the City Council on Tuesday to add the 2% gate tax to the November 8th ballot according to the OC Register. Thus, the proposal failed. Another city council member is cited as saying, “Due to the current economic climate, I don’t believe it’s appropriate or that I feel comfortable even asking our residents to consider paying more in taxes to enjoy a local outing.”
Other city council members bemoaned already high taxes on the city and its residents.
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