Coachella to Remain in Indio, CA After Proposed Tax Hike Scrapped
Published Jul 06, 2012If you've been losing sleep over the recent news that Coachella might be forced to move locations from the sweltering desert of Indio, CA, fret not, as the proposed tax that would have forced the organizers to move has been scrapped.
According to a report from L.A. Weekly, Indio city councilman Sam Torres was petitioning to add a tax for admission fees to the annual festival. The fee was substantial, meaning that organizers would have to add $36 to the already pricey $349 weekend passes.
When news surfaced of the potential tax hike, Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett said that the production company would be forced to move Coachella if that was the case.
In a press release [via NBC Los Angeles, Torres revealed that he heard the threat of losing Coachella loud and clear, saying, "I don't take a threat by Paul Tollett lightly."
Torres went on to say that he will work to maintain a positive rapport with the fest organizers, saying, "I cannot in good conscience allow this to happen no matter how dire the city's circumstance. My sincere hope is that we can now move past this episode and I personally look forward to working to enhance relationships."
With all of this in mind, it looks like Coachella will remain in Indio for the time being, and a 2014 edition will go ahead as planned.