SLC Wanted Tax Exception
By Indika Sri Aravinda
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board had requested the Galle Municipal Council not to charge the entertainment tax on tickets sold for the first Test between England and Sri Lanka held at the Galle International Cricket stadium last week.
Galle Mayor Methsiri de Silva said that the tax exception was sought as the Cricket Board was facing a financial crisis and could not afford to pay the tax.
The Mayor refuted allegations that the Municipal Council faced a big financial loss as a result of the decision not to impose the entertainment tax during the Test match.
During past matches staged at the venue a tax between 5 percent and 25 percent was charged and the Galle Mayor insisted that the entertainment tax will be charged in future as well.
However he said the tax was not charged for the England match following the request put forward by the Cricket Board and the Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijeylal.
The Mayor insisted that the tax exception was purely with national interests in mind.