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City Starts Collecting GCAC Admissions Tax

Susan Post Susan Post City Starts Collecting GCAC Admissions Tax

If you’ve purchased tickets to any events held in Columbus since July, you may have noticed an extra tax on the price of admission. Commonly referred to as the “Ticket Tax,” the Admissions Tax supporting the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and Nationwide Arena rather quietly went into effect on July 1, 2019. The 5% […]

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Ticket Tax Opposition Group Falls Short on Signatures for Ballot Measure

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ticket Tax Opposition Group Falls Short on Signatures for Ballot Measure

Looks like the ticket taxes, as introduced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) last summer and passed by Columbus City Council in December, are here to stay. The two 5 percent fees were enacted on July 1, and the group hoping to overturn them on this year’s ballot has failed to submit enough valid […]

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City Ticket Taxes Face Legal Opposition

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Ticket Taxes Face Legal Opposition

The two funding streams created by Columbus City Council to support the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) as well as Nationwide Arena and other publicly funded facilities are under legal attack.  The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, based in Columbus, is circulating a petition to put a charter amendment on the November ballot that would […]

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Council Approves Ticket Taxes for Arts Funding, Capital Improvements to Publicly Funded Buildings

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Approves Ticket Taxes for Arts Funding, Capital Improvements to Publicly Funded Buildings

Columbus City Council unanimously voted to implement two 5 percent taxes to support arts funding and improvements for Nationwide Arena and other cultural institutions. The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) submitted a ticket tax proposal on Sept. 17; after several months of public input, council has created the Stability Fund and the Creativity Fund. Council […]

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Council Announces Lower Ticket Tax, Separate Fund for Nationwide Arena

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Announces Lower Ticket Tax, Separate Fund for Nationwide Arena

After months of public input, the Greater Columbus Art Council’s (GCAC) proposed ticket fee has been considered and revised by Columbus City Council. Through the Columbus Art Alliance, council has established two funding streams: the Creativity Fund and the Stabilization Fund, designated for GCAC grants and capital improvements at Nationwide Arena, respectively. “This proposal is […]

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New Citizens’ Coalition Forms in Support of GCAC Ticket Tax

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega New Citizens’ Coalition Forms in Support of GCAC Ticket Tax

A new coalition has been formed to rally support for the 7 percent ticket fee proposed to Columbus City Council by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC). Protect Art 4 Columbus, led by residents, small business owners, and artists, launched on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 8 at an event for Momentum, a GCAC beneficiary. […]

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Opinion: What the Art Tax Means To Columbus’ Black Art Scene

Scott Woods Scott Woods Opinion: What the Art Tax Means To Columbus’ Black Art Scene

Speaking on the proposed 7 percent User Fee tax — or as I like to call it to keep things honest, the “Art Tax” — presented by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), I want to focus briefly on an angle that hasn‘t come up in any of the discussions I’ve seen so far: how […]

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