The announcement comes as part of a fundraiser event planned for next weekend:
Two years ago Washington’s Department of Revenue reinterpreted an obscure tax and, without notice, started applying it to businesses such as ours. This has become known as the “opportunity to dance” tax.
The details of this tax are set forth below if you’re interested. The short version of the story is that the State started to enforce this tax by selectively auditing several local nightclubs and one dance hall, the Century Ballroom. We are now faced with a penalty of $90,000, due in three months . With the threat of this looming for almost two years, we have been altering our programming and adjusting prices while negotiating with the State. Unfortunately, our efforts have fallen far short of raising the required funds.
Our patrons are loyal and generous, and we are truly blessed. We are asking for financial gifts because we have heard from many people who, after hearing our story, would like to help. We are grateful for your continued presence at our dances and classes. It is the best show of support we could ask.
If you would like to consider giving an additional gift at the anniversary party, it would be greatly appreciated. We would not ask our patrons to do even more if the situation weren’t so dire.
The page has links for making a donation in addition to information about next weekend’s Sweet 16 fundraiser.
In 2012, as Century celebrated its 15th anniversary, CHS talked with owner Hallie Kuperman about her dance-focused business.
It was also in February 2012 when we reported that Neighbours faced ongoing issues related to the dance tax.
While Century will be on the hook for the penalty, there is hope for change on the horizon. Ed Murray is among the sponsors for SB 5613 that would change the language used in the tax to help clubs and venues like Century.