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October 21, 2014, 11:50 am
970 WMAY News

Springfield Aldermen Pass Video Gambling

Springfield aldermen approved video gambling Tuesday 7-2 with one voting present. Aldermen Gail Simpson and Joe McMenamin voted no and Aldermen Sam Cahnman voted present.


The ordinance would parallel the city's liquor commission where the mayor makes the decision on which establishments can receive the license.


If there is an appeal, the ordinance does allow for that to come before the council.


Establishments that serve alcohol will be able to apply for up to 5 gaming machine licenses from the city for their establishments if they have a state license.


The city will charge $500 per establishment and $250 per machine, per year.


City officials says there are no solid estimates to how many machines there will be or how much money the licenses will bring in.


Mayor Mike Houston says that the money generated will be used strictly for road and sidewalk projects.

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