Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Take Me Out To The Tax Park

October 13, 2008

Via The Club For Growth, I learned this bit of tax news from Chicago:

Chicago sports fans, movie mavens, concertgoers and theater patrons will pay more to attend live events — and so will those who park their cars in garages and surface lots — under a $25 million revenue package tied to Mayor Daley’s 2009 budget.

Daley tied his own hands by promising to close a massive budget gap without raising property taxes on the heels of last year’s record $83.4 million increase.

But he didn’t promise to hold the line on all other taxes and fees.Today, aldermen were told that the city’s two-tiered amusement tax would be going up — from 4 [percent] to 5 percent for mid-sized venues and from 8 [percent] to 9 percent for large sporting venues.

Just another reminder that liberals will always find a way to raise some tax, or make up a new one, even when they promise to hold the line or cut others.

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Gouged By Soccer Bureaucrats

June 30, 2008

The tax-and-spenders in government have nothing on the amateur bureaucrats who run the Northern Virginia Soccer League, where our two older children have played the past few years. They just jacked up the price for playing from the $70 we paid for the spring season to $96 for the fall.

My wife, Kimberly, is as furious about that 35 percent fee hike as I am. We’ve griped to each other for years about the exorbitant $70, wondering what it covered. Now they’re charging even more — and the cheapskates don’t even buy any trophies for the kids from those fees.

We paid quite a bit less for our kids to play soccer in another the league when they were younger, but we changed leagues to save on gas and time. We’ll stay put for now because with gas now almost double what it was when we changed leagues, it’s still be cheaper even with the pay hike. But I’m going to do some digging to see what I can learn about how the league is spending its money.