Forgive all back taxes owed by the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
  • Petitioned Councilman Martin J. Sweeny

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Cleveland City Council
Councilman Martin J. Sweeny
City of Cleveland
Mayor Frank Jackson
Cleveland City Council
Councilman Michael D. Polensik

Forgive all back taxes owed by the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

    1. Erin Bell
    2. Petition by

      Erin Bell

      Cleveland, OH

The continued existence of the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern is essential to the ongoing redevelopment of Collinwood and the Waterloo Entertainment District, in which the City of Cleveland has already made significant investments.

While the City has an acknowledged interest in collecting taxes owed on admissions, it is important to consider that the Beachland does not make money on admissions [1]. In fact, the Beachland often loses money, with most revenue being generated by alcohol sales. This is not unlike the economic model employed at most movie theaters, which is why movie theaters are exempt from the admissions tax under 195.03 (a, 1) [2] of Cleveland tax code. Also exempt under 195.03 are symphony orchestras, and organizations "improving any municipal corporation." Clearly, it is no legal stretch to exempt the Beachland from these taxes considering the Beachland's unique situation, as well as its importance to the cultural and financial economies of both its immediate neighborhood and the City of Cleveland as a whole.

By forgiving taxes owed on admissions by the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern and considering appropriate amendment of the Admissions Tax, the City of Cleveland can show that it is invested in the long-term health of Collinwood and the Waterloo Entertainment District, as well as in the cultural economy of Cleveland, more broadly.


[1] Scene Magazine, "The Beachland's Waterloo."

[2] City of Cleveland. Administrative Code. Title XVII — Taxation. Chapter 195: Admissions Tax.

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    Reasons for signing

    • robert massena ASHTABULA, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am a musician and can't stress enough how important The Beachland is to the Cleveland area

    • phyllis levine ROCKY RIVER, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      The Beachland Ballroom enhances the attractiveness of Cleveland as a destination and is vital to the recovery of the Collinwood neighborhood.

    • Renee Bissett TALLMADGE, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      Take away the ability to afford live music in Cleveland and you are essentially asking the rest of the young people to move away from Ohio.

      • about 3 years ago

      Beachland is one of the strongest draws for entertainment in the city. Visitors from out of town want to go there. They book the best, affordable musical acts, in so many genres. They also provide free concerts, a boon in these times for everyone, and a service to budding musicians by providing them with an audience. Beachland is owned by local folks, not like Regal Cinemas, House of Blues or other non-local corporate ventures.

      Value this community asset, Cleveland City Council. Tax amnesty, please.

    • Nora mcnamara FAIRVIEW PARK, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      The Beachland Ballroom is a Cleveland Cultural icon. Plus, it doesn't make any $$ and supports the Arts, so it should technically be a non-profit!


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