Indio Councilman Proposes Ticket Tax
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An Indio city councilman is proposing adding a tax to Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festival tickets.
But the rest of council voted down talking about the proposition.
Indio City Councilman Sam Torres wants to add a six percent tax to each ticket for the music festivals to raise money for the city.
He says its a small price to pay for a big boost for Indio.
Indio's city budget is tight with layoffs and cuts in the future.
"And then we pass taxes upon ourselves, so you see the citizens of Indio have demonstrated they know how important this is by imposing taxes upon themselves, when we go and look at the possibility of proposing a tax on the festivals that come here annually, I'm only talking about the cost of about two beers at the festival," said Councilman Sam Torres.
Torres' proposed admissions tax would be about an extra 18 dollars a ticket.
But Indio's mayor says they are right in the middle of negotiations with Goldenvoice, the producers of Coachella Fest and Stagecoach.
"We're in the middle of negotiations and working on a long term deal with Goldenvoice to make it a win win situation so not only do they continue to stay in our town and bring this world class music festivals to us, but also to make sure that they're beneficial, we're beneficial and we have a long term relationship," said Indio Mayor Glenn Miller.
Indio resident, Alfredo Mesa, says concertgoers would barely notice the tax.
"They drive all the way over here or they fly over here and they come to the concerts, you think 15 dollars difference is going to make them not to come, I don't believe so," said Mesa.
Others say the city needs the money.
"I think it would be a good idea because it would give more money to the city which is really needed," said Indio resident Barry Frank.
But other people say the festivals already draw hundreds of thousands of people and their money benefiting the city.
"There's a reason why they call Indio the city of festivals, and its called Goldenvoice, it's called Coachella, its called Stagecoach, don't tax something that's working, let it go, done deal," said part-time La Quinta resident, Matt Fromm.
Councilman Torres says he will gather signatures for a petition to put the admissions tax on the November ballot.
Currently, Goldenvoice, gives the city 2 dollars and 33 cents for each ticket sold.
The six percent tax would make the city about 4-million dollars.