Anyway, the city tried. But a judge said the city went too far. He said the City Council must pass a specific ordinance to this effect.
“If the city wants to tax lap dances, they can go to City Council, ask City Council to amend the ordinance, and they can start imposing a tax on lap dances. Or anything else they want: karaoke songs, piano playing. Anything they want. But you have to put it in the ordinance. You just can’t make it up as you go along.”
The city can even tax tap dancing. But it has to pass an ordinance.
There is big money in lap dancing in Philadelphia. It’s the city of brotherly love. Sisterly, too.
Two strip clubs had been taxed $1.5 million for unpaid lap dancing taxes. Now they are off the hook, so to speak.