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Proposed ticket fee off the table in Buffalo

Posted at 6:40 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 18:40:03-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It looks like a proposed ticket fee is off the table, at least for now.

It was roughly one year ago when Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown floated the idea of adding fees to the price of tickets at five major cultural venues in the Queen City, places like Shea's, Kleinhans and the KeyBank Center.

These fees would have ranged from .50 to $3.50. But, venue operators cried foul, calling this an illegal tax, so the parties involved worked out another option.

"One of the ways that we made up for it was thru negotiating a payment from the different cultural organizations that we had initially planned to apply the surcharge to, said Mayor Brown during a news conference on Monday. "They're preference was to negotiate a payment."

This proposed fee was part of a plan to help cover maintenance and security costs for events happening downtown.