Atlanta Event Goers Could Pay Ticket Fees To Support Public Safety Atlanta Event Goers Could Pay Ticket Fees To Support Public Safety
The Atlanta City Hall is considering a surcharge on tickets to large sporting and cultural events to support the safety personnel required. Council Dustin... Atlanta Event Goers Could Pay Ticket Fees To Support Public Safety

The Atlanta City Hall is considering a surcharge on tickets to large sporting and cultural events to support the safety personnel required.

Council Dustin Hillis, who is also the chairman of the public safety committee, introduced the idea to study the charge this week, WBS-TV Atlanta reported. The surcharge would include a relatively small fee tacked onto a normal ticket price for bigger events; events with more than 1,000 tickets available require public safety personnel.

While the fee would go toward police, fire, or correction officers to help and keep people safe at events, the community has mixed feelings about the potential charge. The charge could be anywhere between 50 cents and a few dollars.

“I think that could be a good idea. It is only a couple of dollars, and what they do is really important,” Atlanta citizen Latiffa Kabba told WBS-TV.

“No, I already don’t go to the big events due to the massive fees charged by Ticketmaster along with parking along with ticket,” Twitter user Lance Snyder said. “And NOW it’s a “few extra dollars.” what about in 5 years? where exactly will the money go? “Public safety” is a very broad term.”

Snyder isn’t alone either. Many users explained their anger toward the charge.

WSB-TV Investigative reporter Nicole Carr took to Twitter with a ticket surcharge poll, asking the community if they support or dislike the potential charge on tickets. The majority voted that the charge was “too much to ask.”

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told Channel 2 that the administration has been examining the use of a sports and entertainment tax over the past few months.

“I think it really again speaks to our ability to think outside the box on how we address public safety and where we get our funding for public safety, but this is one of many ideas we are exploring and will continue to explore with our internal departments and our external partners,” Bottoms said.

At this time, there is no official date in place when or if the committee will vote on the charge.