Hanover Township To Impose Amusement Tax

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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  1. Sarcasm says:

    Damn straight! Taxing our way into prosperity ALWAYS works! Kudos for the local govt for realizing that raising taxes is better than cutting spending. Only foolish civilian workers have to do stuff like that!

    1. Dan says:

      IF I remember correctly the police cost them millions in lawsuits for beating people up out there for no reason at all.

  2. Vanessa says:

    Hanover Twp did cut spending, they cut the police department. Or maybe you missed that little part. If you don’t want to pay the tax, then don’t buy a concert ticket.

    1. Sarcasm says:

      Problem solved…..I don’t buy concert tickets! If the police dept is only needed for the concert arena, then the concert arena should pay for their own security. If Hanover Twp needs police regardless of the concert arena, then they need to find a way to pay for it as if the arena didn’t exist.

    2. Sarcasm says:

      Which little part did I miss? I read the article and commented on it. I didn’t watch any video clip if that’s where the reference is.

      But I did read: The 5 percent tax would raise ticket prices at the First Niagara Pavilion _to pay for the police force._

      If this tax wholey pays for the dept then instead of paying for a dept they should just pay for their own security…after all there aren’t concerts there 24×7.

      1. Big Tom says:

        I’m sure that Hanover would be perfectly happy to have the state police patrol the community, as was done prior to the venue being built, and as is done in surrounding communities. It’s precicely because of the venue that the police are needed. The reason that they don’t pay for private security? Because private security can’t arrest anyone, and drunken Tody Kieth fans don’t respect mall gaurds.

    3. forgethanover says:

      STAGE AE !

  3. Check says:

    Big Tom, you are partially correct. The state police did cover Hanover Twp, but only for part of the day, because the Hanover Police coud not provide around the clock protection. I used to work for the Hanover Twp P.D. in the late ’90s, and it is an entirely part time department, with well over 95 percent of the officers only working concerts at the pavilion, and nothing else. So yes, Sarcasm, the concerts don’t run 24/7, but then again, niether does the police department. Hanover could, if it wanted to, swing the 3 part time officers to prodide daylight protection to the town, with the state police covering, but what it can’t afford is the 30 to 40 + officers needed to provide security at the pavilion. And having worked there, I can assure you, Hanover Twp has nothing left to cut, unless you count hot water in the municipal bathroom. Also, the Pavilion does have private security, and they are about as effective as Paul Blart with a yellow security t-shirt.

  4. Ralph Iannotti says:

    “Sarcasm” – I agree with you. My sources inside the newsroom here confirm that they have been beaten, on more than one occasion by the Hanover Township Police Department for being rowdy at concert, I myself included.

  5. lawnboy says:

    typical politicians..these people get in office and have no idea how to run a budgeted office and just overspend…then cant figure out why then run a deficit…not one of them ever had a original idea..all they know how to do is tax…creating more spending and a bigger deficit…most are afraid to cut somewhere..because it would hurt someone and they wouldnt get their vote…f ing idiots…

  6. WONTSEEMETHERE says:

    POLICE FORCE YOU MEAN THUG FORCE . NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF WANT A BE THUGS WITH A BADGE THAT CAN’T GET A JOB ON A REAL POLICE FORCE WHO LIKE TO SMACK AROUND PEOPLE TRYING TO ENJOY A WEEKEND OUT AT A CONCERT. STAGE AE STAGE AE

  7. bubba says:

    I think they originally put the pavilion there to get out of the pittsburgh amusement tax thing… Hope shows look elsewhere…that place is worst to get in and out of to see a show…..to bad so many shows go there…. Hope they chose CEC instead…

  8. Robert says:

    Or be like Georgia. It does NOT require insurance on government owned vehicles. It is optional. They have a limit of liability also. Last I knew, it was $10,000 to cover you and your vehicle.

  9. frankee says:

    Why don’t they just disband the town and save alot of money ….Then join a union and make lots of money…….works in Wi………

  10. AmericanCitizen says:

    Something doesn’t seem right here. Most police departments have chiefs making six figure salaries and cop pay averaging about $40,000 per year in salary. Someone is omitting some facts in this story.

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