COMMERCE CITY, CO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Voters in Commerce City voted on Tuesday to reject a measure that would have imposed an entertainment tax in order to fund the construction of a Boys and Girls Club in that Denver suburb.
According to the Rocky Mountain News, the proposed tax would have tacked an 8% surcharge on tickets to entertainment related events in the city, expiring after $7 million had been collected.
The issue proved to be controversial and garnered resistance from AEG Live, which staged the inaugural edition of the Mile High Music Festival at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City this year. Tickets to the event would have seen approximately a $15 dollar price hike due to the tax and the event's organizer Chuck Morris had threatened to move the festival to a more convivial location if the measure had passed.
"The vote speaks for itself," AEG's Chuck Morris told the Rocky Mountain News "The people of Commerce City voted not against the Boys and Girls Club, which is a great organization, but for economic development, for companies and small businesses." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers