When you think of Coachella, an image of the blazing hot Empire Polo Club fields comes to mind, right?
Well, camping out in Indio may become a thing of the past because concert organizers and city officials can’t come to an agreement on taxes.
Coachella has called the desert town home for 13 years, but now City Councilman Sam Torres is working to add a measure on the ballot that would add an $18 ticket tax.
Goldenvoice, the company that produces Coachella, argues that the music festival already brings in massive revenue for the community through ticket fees, food and beverage sales, and tourism expenses.
Torres’ initial measure was shot down by the city council, but if he can get 2,700 Indio residents to sign his petition, it will appear on the November ballot.
Coachella 2013, which takes place April 12-14 and April 19-21, will remain in Indio. Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett says that if the tax initiative gets put on the ballot, the music festival will be cancelled for 2014 and then return in 2015 at a new venue.
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-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio, Los Angeles