Home Depot’s Taxing Solution

Under threat of a ballot measure, AEG has volunteered to impose a 2 percent tax on its tickets at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The Carson City Council approved the deal in a 3-2 vote Dec. 9, according to the Daily Breeze. It simultaneously removed a proposed 5 percent ticket tax from the March ballot.

Some residents had complained that the 5-year-old stadium has been increasing traffic and noise without contributing enough in taxes, the Breeze said. An earlier proposal called for a tax as high as 10 percent; the city has a $5 million budget deficit.

According to city estimates, the 2 percent tax will bring in about $280,000 per year. It expires in 2016.

“We’re very pleased with the outcome,” John Keenan, general counsel for AEG Sports & Facilities, told the Breeze. “We have always felt that we’re an important part of the community.”