Online Petition Asks Cleveland to Forgive Beachland Tax Debt

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The recent news that the city of Cleveland is smacking the Beachland Ballroom with $400,000 in uncollected admissions taxes and penalties has led to an outpouring of support for the club, which has been a catalyst for revitalization in its North Collinwood neighborhood.

Erin Bell, a staffer at Cleveland State’s Center for Public History & Digital Humanities, read Scene’s August 17 story on the Beachland’s plight. “I felt like I had to do something,” he says.

And so he did. Last Friday, Bell launched an online petition titled “Cleveland City Council: Forgive all back taxes owed by the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern.” Hosted by change.org, a site dedicated to promoting social causes, Bell’s call netted more than 1,000 signatures in its first weekend alone.

“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may be ‘The House That Rock Built,’” goes one refrain, “but the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern is the house that continues to build rock.”

No word yet on whether Cleveland accepts signatures as payment for tax debt. — Anastasia Pantsios

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