It could cost you: Strongsville officials consider new tax on ticketed events

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Strongsville’s OBM Arena has hockey and ice skating events all year long, including hockey tournaments.

Cinemark Theaters draw crowds of people willing to buy tickets for a little entertainment; all of them are potential candidates for a new 3% admissions tax proposed by Strongsville Mayor Thomas Perciak.

"I think it's a little ridiculous. I think some of that stuff is already expensive enough without adding an additional tax,” said Saja Stojanovic, a Strongsville resident.

Stojanovic told Fox8’s Lorrie Taylor the proposed tax might not keep her from going to events, but she might cut back on how many she attends.

“I don't think it's a great idea for the residents," said Stojanovic.

Mayor Perciak wasn’t available to explain his reasoning for the proposed admissions tax; his finance director didn’t return a call to Fox8.

“I think that’s crazy. We have six kids so that adds additional fees on there,” said Jenny Bradesku, who grew up in Strongsville.

Bradesku’s husband, Elliott, said talk of more taxes made him want to move his family out of Cuyahoga County.

"I think it's unnecessary. We're taxed enough. I think it's something that's unnecessary and shouldn't be implemented," said Elliott Bradesku.

There are a lot of exemptions to the proposed tax; for example, educational, charitable and religious organizations wouldn’t have to collect it if the new ordinance was passed.

All members of Strongsville’s city council were unavailable to talk with Fox8 on camera about the mayor’s idea. Councilmen Ken Dooner and Gordon Short told Taylor they had not been fully briefed on the proposed admissions tax. Dooner said the city’s finance director told him the tax would generate about $100,000 a year for Strongsville’s general fund.

“If they were more transparent with it I’d be a little bit more OK,” said Lynn Nguyen, who visits Strongsville from her home in Lorain County.  "I mean if I knew exactly where the 3% was going for roads or schooling or the community in general then I’d be more alright with it than that.”

If passed, the proposed admissions tax would become law July 1.

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