Wild Things avoid amusement tax


North Franklin Township supervisors on Friday reached an agreement with the Washington Wild Things Frontier League baseball team requiring it to pay $28,000 a year through 2017 in lieu of being assessed amusement and parking taxes.

The team also will pay the township $10,000 a year in real estate taxes under the agreement, township manager Bill Boucher said. “I look at it as fair,” Boucher said, adding that the township likely would have netted just $16,000 a year through an amusement tax.

The supervisors had threatened to enact the new taxes against the team as the township prepared for a budget deficit in 2013. The team opposed the move and asked to reopen negotiations with the township.

Wild Things spokeswoman Chris Blaine could not be reached Friday for comment.