by Elaine Wolff
" ... there is, in fact, a `Spurs` ticket tax already -- $1 on every ticket, plus $1 on parking, which the spurs must use on 'renewal and replacement,'" wrote our sharp-eyed citizen. That money goes toward the Spurs required $1 million/year maintenance fund -- the same fund that some voters think should also pay for the unspecified "upgrades" in the venue-tax -- pardon us, visitor tax -- proposals.
The Spurs can charge whatever the market will bear for game tickets and parking, says Schweninger, but their contract with the County authorizes the separate fees, which do not count as revenue for the purposes of their revenue-sharing agreement. "It's completely for their convenience," said Schweninger, and they're under no obligation to charge it. They are required to maintain the AT&T Center to a standard based on comparable top-notch arenas, even if the expense of that exceeds the Spurs $1 million annual maintenance fund.
The County could ask voters to add an additional tax to tickets but has no plans to do so, according to Schweninger, and our reader (and the Current) suspects that would go over like a lead zeppelin.