report in today's Delaware County Daily Times describes a proposed pair
of Chester ordinances that would include a new 10% tax on tickets and
20% tax on parking. Speaking bluntly on the impact this could have on
the Philadelphia Union, the team's CEO had this to say:
“These taxes would effectively put us out of
business over time,” Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said after
Sunday’s game. “We gross about $20 million a year and these taxes would
amount to about $2 million on top of what we pay right now.”
Such losses would seem to have certain immediate effects, not to mention those Sakiewicz alludes to in the long term.
Logue has the full report on the situation, which would also affect
Harrah's and likely any other business aiming to come to Chester. We
don't get too deep into local or national politics here at our sports
blog, but if passed, it sure seems like a potential hardship for the
team, one likely to be shared by the fans. Taxes have a way of being
transferred to end users, which in this case would appear to be the fans
buying tickets and parking outside of PPL Park.
Read more on the story over at DelcoTimes.com,
including how news of the proposed ordinance has already caused the team
to halt plans to build an office building and new practice facility
adjacent to the park.