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Hanover Township To Impose Amusement Tax

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(Credit: KDKA)

(Credit: KDKA)

HANOVER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Hanover Township wants to introduce a new amusement tax.

The 5 percent tax would raise ticket prices at the First Niagara Pavilion to pay for the police force.

The patrol cars have been parked in a garage since December when the township disbanded the police department after losing insurance.

But with the concert season just around the corner, the township would have to rely on the state police who could not promise priority coverage at the pavilion.

Don Winkler, chairman of the township board of supervisors, says they reached an agreement to impose the tax with the Pavilion giving the township $160,000 up front to restart the police department.

“They realize it’s a necessity for them and a necessity for us,” he said.

The township still has to advertise the ordinance and take a final vote in two weeks, but Winkler says they’ve already purchased new insurance and officers could be back on the job in a few days.

The township and the pavilion will review the tax in October, but the funding is expected to stabilize the police department and keep officers on the job year round.

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