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File #: 3378-2018    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/27/2018 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 12/10/2018 Final action: 12/13/2018
Title: To enact chapter 375 in Columbus City Codes, Admissions Tax.
Sponsors: Shannon G. Hardin
This ordinance amends Columbus City Codes with the addition of chapter 375, Admissions Tax.

Columbus is a thriving, vibrant, inclusive city, and one that is increasingly known for its capacity to forge successful public-private partnerships - the Columbus Way. Responsible investments in infrastructure, economic development, and workforce development have been hallmarks of the city’s success. This year, Council has led a discussion on the place that the creative economy has in the vision for our growing city, a discussion that has focused on how we can open the doors of arts and culture to all residents.

After receiving considerable input from artists, residents, civic and community leaders, it is clear that the time has come to make a dedicated commitment to supporting the cultural arts in Columbus. To that end, Council is establishing the Creation, Innovation and Inclusion fund. This fund will be supported by an admissions tax on entrance to events within the city. It is estimated that this tax will generate $6 million per year in resources.

The Creation, Innovation and Inclusion fund greatly increases the number of grants available to artists, events and nonprofits enabling them to explore their creativity. Funds will be used by the Greater Columbus Arts Council to distribute grants to artists, musicians, and performers contributing to the city’s creative culture. Funds will also be utilized to empower emerging artists and to further advance arts education within Columbus neighborhoods.

To enact chapter 375 in Columbus City Codes, Admissions Tax.


WHEREAS, the creative economy in Columbus serves as not only an integral component of economic development, but also a foundation for the city’s profile as a vibrant, inclusive city; and

WHEREAS, in order to foster the next generation of artists, the city has a responsibility to invest in ways to open the doors of arts and culture for all residents; and

WHEREAS, the Creation, Innovati...

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