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City Pushes for Changes to Stadium Law

By Erica C. Barnett February 6, 2012

The city of Seattle is asking the state legislature to change state law to allow the city to collect admissions taxes at CenturyLink Field while the Huskies are temporarily displaced from Husky Stadium, which is shut down for renovations, and one to allow the Central District's Central Cinema to stay in business.

The city is asking the legislature to pass a bill---which the senate ways and means committee is discussing today---that would allow Seattle to levy its admissions tax on Husky games at CenturyLink Field. Currently, only King County is authorized to collect the tax at the stadium to help pay back bonds for its construction.

The taxes would offset the loss of admissions taxes at Husky Stadium. Council member Nick Licata, who testified in favor of the bill today, said the new tax would offset the $900,000 a year the city is losing from admissions taxes at Husky Stadium.

Licata says legislators seemed mostly receptive to the proposal, which he says "didn't really come up until I was looking at it, and I was like, wow, that's a lot of money!"
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