Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter has lost their battle with the city of Williamstown, and has agreed to pay safety fees to fund emergency services for the city.
Previously, Ham’s Ark Encounter had tried to dodge paying the 50-cent per ticket safety fee by selling Ark Encounter to itself for $10 to cheat the city out of the much needed revenue.
In a deplorable move, Ham’s Biblical theme park played a financial shell game with the city of Williamstown in order to avoid paying the safety fee that would fund necessary emergency services for the city.
However, the dirty financial maneuver failed after the state of Kentucky suspended an incentive agreement with the park worth up to $18 million. As a result, Ham and his cronies resold the park back to themselves, in the hopes of keeping their millions in subsidies from the state.
Feeling persecuted, a beleaguered Ken Ham complained about being forced to pay the safety fee. In a statement Ham said:
Now, we do believe there were, and still are, some issues with the way the ordinance is worded, and we do have concerns about the fairness of such a tax. The city ordinance makes the Ark Encounter bear almost the entire load for the increased funding for Williamstown’s police, fire and EMS budget.
I’m glad we could reach an agreement that benefits both the city and the Ark, and I think the safety assessment fee will do that. Both the Ark and the city are going to be around for a long time, so it’s important for us to find common ground on issues affecting the people of Williamstown.
Last month, a bitter Ken Ham blamed atheists and the secular media for the perceived financial failure of his Ark Park. In a blog post to his Answers in Genesis website, Ham refused to take responsibility for his own failure, and refused to take responsibility for his broken financial promises to the citizens and business community of Williamstown and Grant County, Kentucky.
Bottom line: Ken Ham tried desperately to avoid paying a modest safety fee to help fund necessary emergency services for the city of Williamstown, and failed.