North Franklin enacts amusement tax

A 10 percent amusement tax on ticket sales in North Franklin Township was enacted by the board of supervisors Wednesday night.The amusement tax ordinance, which had been adopted by a former board of supervisors, had never been enacted because Ballpark Scholarships Inc. had agreed to make an annual donation of $38,000 to the township in lieu of taxes. At the time supervisors estimated the tax would bring in about $90,000 a year to township coffers.The Washington Wild Things now own the ballpark, but the township has not received the donation this year. A member of the township volunteer fire company said the township used the money to assist the fire company. which receives $40,000 from the township. The fire company has not received its check, either.The ordinance calls for a tax on admission to such events as concerts, carnivals, craft and trade shows, sports, recreation and live entertainment.However, any event connected with Trinity Area School District is exempt, as are admissions to motion picture theaters or anything considered a public charity.The tax is to be paid by the person paying the admission but, if no fixed admission is charged, the tax shall be based upon the gross amount collected by the producer.The production must register with the township whether it is a permanent or temporary amusement. All permanent amusements must be registered before Jan. 1 of the coming year.The ordinance carries with it a penalty of $350 or 10 percent of the collected tax, whichever is larger.Also at Wednesday’s meeting, board Chairman Jim Huff noted that a representative from the state Department of Community and Economic Development will meet with supervisors Nov. 21 on the state’s Early Intervention Program.The program is designed to help offset financial problems for municipalities.North Franklin’s budget is very tight, supervisors said, and they voted to not honor the remaining half of their $10,000 pledge to Citizens Library.


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