Illinois Senator Proposes Amusement Tax

The Jacksonville Speedway said an amusement tax could mean higher ticket prices for spectators or lower purses for its racers. (WRSP)

It could soon cost you more to attend concerts, plays and sporting events.

This week, an Illinois senator proposed a tax on amusement.

The proposal would tack a 5-percent tax on ticket charges or entrance fees for various forms of entertainment like antique shows, basketball games and car races.

The Jacksonville Speedway said an amusement tax could mean higher ticket prices for spectators or lower purses for its racers.

The track's promoter said he's worried many families wouldn't be willing to pay more, and the speedway would end up footing the bill.

"When we have 5 or 700 people here in a night at 10 or 15 dollars a piece, we estimate it would probably be about a $15,000 a year added expense for us. In the racetrack business, there's not an extra $15,000 in the budget," said Ken Dobson, promoter at Jacksonville Speedway.

The proposal changes the wording of Senate Bill 9, and removes the soda tax.

It's part of the senate's grand bargain, which is 13 bills to help get a budget in place.

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