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    July 24, 2012



    Although personnally not opposed to gambling, this is just anouther attempt by local communities to raise revenue. These local governmental entities should be looking at ways of reducing spending, which can be done, without reducing the quality of services to the citizens. If one community passes it, then others will follow and the net affect will be minimal revenue increase for cities due to regulatory and enforcement costs. If passed, then the projected increase in revenue should be offset by a reduction in a current tax or fee.


    What the cities and villages are not talking about, are the large number of "for amusement only" machines already in many of the bars and clubs. We already have gambling via these machines which pay off if the bartender knows the person playing, and the payoffs and winning percentages are very low, swindling the people. One benefit of the new State Law is that it will hopefully get rid of the illegal stuff. Check out the Eagles in Alton, K of C in Granite, and many small bars and veterans clubs in Collinsville. The machines are there. Some bars make more money on the illegal machines than on their bar operations, and all cash. Remember Venizio (spelling?), the prominent Belleville attorney and others that were prosecuted. It is the same thing, but the Feds got him because they were trying to get bigger fish, and they are not after the current operators, as far as I can tell.

    Norman Teigen

    Interesting. We've had these concerns in MN, too. I think that it is undesirable for government to promote any additional gambling activities. Gambling preys on the vulnerable. One cynic told me that MN casinos are really geriatric day care centers. On the other hand, it could be argued that gambling is a self-imposed form of taxation.

    Diane Meyer

    I am very familiar with one of those places.


    Maryville passed 6-0 not to allow this type of gambling. Why can't the Collinsville Mayor and council show some leadership on this issue?
    I didn't see them put a referendum on the ballot, when they passed a $4.4 million annual sales tax increase a few years ago or raised the sales tax on WalMart and Home Depot. All of these taxes hurt the poor and elderly, who can't drive to other cities.

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