Fairborn public hearing today for new fee on Nutter Center tickets

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The city of Fairborn will have a public hearing tonight about whether to charge a 5% fee on some Nutter Center tickets.

The additional 5% admissions fee would be charged for tickets that cost $20 or more.

Wright State-affiliated events, like men’s and women’s basketball games, would be exempt from the fee, said Fairborn City Manager Rob Anderson. Other events, like the Disney on Ice shows or concerts, would be subject to the admissions fee.

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A ticket that costs $20 would cost $21 with the additional admission fee. A $100 ticket would cost $5 more if the admissions fee legislation were to pass.

The city hopes to generate between $150,000 and $240,000 annually from the admissions fee to offset infrastructure costs. The funds generated from the admissions fee would be deposited into Fairborn’s general fund, Anderson said.

Cleveland and Cincinnati have similar fees to the one proposed in Fairborn. Cleveland charges an additional 8% of the ticket cost. According to data from the Ohio Department of Taxation, Cleveland collected $22.9 million in calendar year 2016 with the admissions fee.

Cincinnati collected nearly $5.6 million with its admissions fee, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Tonight’s public hearing will be during the city council meeting, which starts at 6 p.m., at 44 W. Hebble Ave.

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