Colts and Lucas Oil Stadium and Letters and Hospitality taxes and Opinion and Taxes and Capital Improvement Board and Government and Sports Business

It's time for Colts, fans to pay up

February 16, 2009

I read [Bill Benner's] column dated Feb 9. I appreciate your support regarding Lucas Oil Stadium. I agree 100 percent that Jim Irsay should step up to the plate and that ticket holders should be taxed.

I was unhappy that another (2-percent) tax was added to the food and beverage business. My restaurants lie outside the downtown area and actually see a decrease in sales when the Colts play.

I have to give credit to Jim Irsay: He has a business that he makes a lot of money on and the taxpayers are responsible for his physical plant. That would be like me having a business and not paying rent, utilities and maintenance.
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John P. Benjamin

 

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