"Most of our high school athletic programs survive on ticket gate sales," Stoyle said.

Community theater groups would face the same decisions.

"There wouldn't be much choice but to pass along a sales tax increase to the customers," said Tom Neff, board president of the Chagrin Valley Little Theater outside Cleveland. "People would understand it's part of what you would have to do. I don't think there's any way around it."

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Associated Press writer Ann Sanner in Columbus contributed to this report.

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