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Common Council to discuss ticket surcharge

There's a proposal to add a surcharge to tickets for cultural and sporting events in the City of Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Members of the Buffalo Common Council are scheduled to discuss a proposed ticket surcharge during a committee meeting today.

If and when it's approved, the so-called public facilities surcharge would be tacked on to tickets for cultural and sporting events at places like Shea's Kleinhans, Canalside, Key Bank Center and Coca-Cola Field.

The city said extra fees could bring in an additional $2 million dollars in revenue.

During his budget proposal back in May, Mayor Byron Brown said it costs the city a lot of money for big events. The city — and therefore taxpayers — pick up the tab for extra police presence, traffic control, infrastructure and other support.

There's talk of city residents being eligible for refunds on surcharges, so they don't end up paying having to foot the bill twice between the extra fee and taxes they already pay.

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