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July 08, 2009
Oakland taxes county, A's tax fans
The new budget passed by the city of Oakland includes an 18.5% city tax on parking at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, something that's allowed by law, but Oakland is only just now getting around to doing because of the fiscal crisis infecting every corner of California. (Have I mentioned the IOUs?) Under the A's and Raiders lease agreements with the Coliseum, however, the teams are allowed to deduct any parking taxes from their rent payments — meaning the city is effectively siphoning off money from the county, which promptly responded by suing the city.
None of which stopped the A's from immediately announcing that they'd be raising parking fees by $2 per car effective immediately in order to pay for the tax — which, in case you were napping during that last paragraph, the A's won't actually have to pay. "In an effort to reduce the impact to our fans, the A's are only passing along a portion of the new tax," A's president Mike Crowley told the Oakland Tribune. Voila!