New plan to fund Scottrade upgrades with ticket fees faces opposition

Upgrades to Scottrade Center would be paid for by fees collected on tickets to events held there, under a proposal 20th Ward Alderman Cara Spencer filed on Tuesday.

If the board and voters approve, supporters hope the plan will break a logjam over funding improvements to the city-owned arena, which is the home of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues.

But Kiel Center Partners, the group that owns the Blues, argues the measure is an attempt to undo a deal already worked out with city officials by illegally spending private money.

Those attending events at Scottrade or the adjacent Peabody Opera House currently pay a 5 percent “amusement tax” to the city on their tickets, as well as sales taxes. Spencer points out Scottrade also takes roughly 5 percent from their customers’ tickets through a “facility fee,” which according to the ownership group, is $3.50 for individual Blues games and $3 for other events, such as concerts.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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