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Columbus City Council on Monday approved a 5 percent tax on tickets with a last-minute amendment exempting most non-profit organizations. The proposal will support grants for local arts organizations and maintenance at Nationwide Arena.

Council members approved the ticket surcharge at their last meeting of 2018. Council President Shannon Hardin insists his plan will benefit communities throughout the city.

“If it’s not for all, it’s not for us,” Hardin says. “We would not be passing this ordinance if it was not for all.

And despite an often bitter and contentious path to passage, no organized opposition showed up to the meeting. An amendment protecting non-profits’ fundraising efforts brought some opponents into the fold.

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