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Indianapolis City-County Council Increases Venue Ticket Tax

Colts fans wait to get into Lucas Oil Stadium, one of the venues that would be affected by the ticket tax.

The Indianapolis City-County Council voted Monday to increase the county admission tax for tickets to events at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Victory Field.

The tax has been bumped from 6 percent to 10 percent.

Democratic City Councillor At-Large Pamela Hickman says the increases are needed to sustain the city.

“Please understand that there isn‘t a person on this council who wants to raise a fee or a tax,” Hickman says. “We don‘t have a choice at this point. This is our only alternative in order to get this city moving.”

Other council members said it was the only option Mayor Greg Ballard had left them. Ballard said the money will go to support the Capital Improvement Board budget and to offset the cost of public safety.

The Council also passed a supplemental auto rental excise tax, increasing it from 4 percent to 6 percent.

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