The Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Convention Facilities Authority are calling for Columbus City Council to establish a ticket tax on arts, sports and entertainment events.

The 2012 Nationwide Arena bailout hasn’t worked out as planned. When the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority took ownership of the arena, city and county officials expected $10 million in casino revenue annually would subsidize the deal. Instead, the gambling payday has fallen far short, with the annual casino haul failing even to cross the $5 million threshold. To make up for that shortfall, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Convention Facilities Authority are calling for Columbus City Council to establish a ticket tax on arts, sports and entertainment events. The players are still hashing out the details—and a powerful figure, Arnold Sports Festival organizer Jim Lorimer, is fighting the proposal—but supporters say the tax could fill the funding gap for Nationwide Arena, as well as provide a new source of revenue for Columbus arts organizations. 

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