After getting thoroughly embarrassed in the Randy Parton Theater debacle, the town of Roanoke Rapids is now looking at new ways to save face and recoup its failed investment. After selling the theater for a nearly $10 million loss, the town has come up with a new plan — tax the tickets sold to the shows.
A bill introduced in the NC House this week (H 984) would allow Roanoke Rapids to implement a $3 per ticket tax "on every admission ticket purchased for admission to an entertainment, an amusement, or an athletic or commercial event that is presented in the city."
Can we just go ahead and call this the Randy Parton Tax or the Oops, We Goofed Tax?
The tax would only be implemented if the bill is passed and if the new management company goes forward with its plans to expand the theater to 5,000 seats.
Even then it would take nearly two consecutive years of sold out shows every night for Roanoke Rapids to pay off the debt it still owes on the venue.