A columnist’s ‘Drive to Sandusky’

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


We may take our city for granted sometimes, but Sandusky’s downtown and older section of town has much to please visitors. Ron Simon, a columnist for the Mansfield News Journal, found much to like when he drove to Sandusky on Friday. His column is here.

A couple of points: Simon says he drove to Sandusky because “that’s where my car chose to go” but then says the idea was put in his head from an advertisement on the Weather Channel. The Sandusky/Erie County Visitor Convention Bureau placed that ad, using marketing revenues raised by bed tax money.

Tourist spending and the retail sector are providing a rare bright spot in the local economy. As I wrote last week, sales taxes in Erie County have gone up for five months in a row. Not bad in the midst of a recession. Maybe it’s a coincidence and maybe it isn’t, but the visitor bureau’s marketing budget approximately doubled this year.



Rethink the tax structure of the area and it could easily grow at a faster rate. 1)Pass a 10% entertainment & Admissions Tax and allow the tourists to pay for their own entertainment infrastructure.
2) Terminate the City income tax. The citizens already are paying higher prices for nearly everything which is a reflection of the increased demand that 4 Million plus tourists create. This change effectively would give all residents & workers in the city a One Percent raise without costing the local government revenue. In fact this would increase economic activity. Cedar Point would also benefit by eliminating a 1% city income tax. For the top officials making a million dollars a year, this is a $10,000 a year raise. (Hopefully they would give at least half of this raise to the United
Way.) The cost of implementing the 10% Entertainment tax would be changing the computer entry on accounting programs from a "3" to a "10" since this outdated tax is already in place. For the first time in 50 years, the tourists would become a plus for Sandusky local government instead of a service demand without adequate compensation to offset the expenditures.


I thought that N. Ohio has been in a growing recession?

The increase in sales tax revenue bears further investigation; it reads like a potentially specious anomaly.

Mr. Jackson, Did you see where Ohio and other states allow retailers to keep a portion of the sales tax they charge as a handling fee?

See: http://sec.online.wsj.com/articl...

When we taxpayers file our income tax, should we likewise be able to keep a pittance as a handling charge???

Sandusky has seen far better days and painting a fanciful picture doesn't change reality. Don't you Okies have a colorful phrase or two for that "˜nonsense'?

BTW: How is it that Okie City named their airport after a casualty of an airplane accident?