"Business is tough enough to begin with," said
"From what I understand, they're going to have more shows down there. So, the more shows they have, the more revenue the borough will have,"
The borough council may vote on the proposed "Mt. Carbon Amusement Tax Ordinance" at that meeting, according to a legal notice published in Wednesday's edition of
"The purpose of this ordinance is the raising of general revenue," according to a copy of the proposed ordinance, provided to the newspaper Wednesday by borough Secretary/Treasurer
"The money will be used for recreation and a potential borough building," Dunkel said.
Dunkel said the council is still in talks with fire company officials about possible construction plans, and those talks may continue at the next council meeting.
Another municipality in
The owners of
"We pay basically 5 percent of our ticket prices, the gross profit. The average price of a ticket is
She called it a "burden tax."
"Businesses still have to pay their state taxes, including their personal taxes and business taxes. Why add another tax? It's counter-productive. We're all struggling. It's a tough economy. And in turn, we get nothing, absolutely nothing,"
"The reason necessitating the imposition of this tax is to generate additional revenue for
"They say it's for general purposes for the township. It's vague. It's very vague,"
Glauda said if
This is the second time in recent years the Borough of
Dunkel said the owners of Goodfella's had issues with the previous ordinance.
"There were some questions regarding the validity and the adoption of it," Dunkel said.
Dunkel said the borough only collected
One of the reasons why the borough decided to bring the amusement tax back is word that Goodfella's might be holding more concerts, Dunkel said.
Glauda said usually Goodfella's hosts "six or seven" concerts a year. For example, there's a show
"Maybe I'll have 15 to 20 concerts by 2015,"
Riedlinger said he will make sure all steps are taken to properly enact the new ordinance.
"It must be advertised once a week for three successive weeks," Reidlinger said.
According to a legal notice published in Wednesday's edition of the newspaper, the borough's proposed ordinance would levy a tax of "10 percent on the charge on all admission charges in excess of
"The estimated revenue expected to be derived from the tax would be
The proposed ordinance also includes a section for fines and penalties, with "a civil penalty of
When contacted for comment on the proposed ordinance Wednesday,
"Now, it might be closer to 100," Dunkel said Wednesday.
"I knew there were small boroughs, but I didn't know there were boroughs with fewer than 100 people. You learn something every day," Madonna said.
"A lot of local governments are hard-pressed right now for revenue. Not sure how many employees they have, but that all plays into it. Today what you read about mostly are things like health care costs and pensions," Madonna said.
"The tax would be imposed for the raising of needed general revenue," according to the legal notice published Wednesday.
The borough's 2014 budget is "about
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