With more requests for video gaming terminals, New Lenox officials said they needed to clarify their ordinance that requires businesses to earn 60 percent of their profits from non-gaming sources.
Mayor Tim Baldermann said the village’s rules are “stricter” than most, and requires that businesses make at least 60 percent of their annual revenues from food and beverage sales, and no more than 40 percent from gaming.
The ordinance did not change, but was clarified to state that the village will use the Illinois Gaming Commission’s “net terminal income amount” to determine that percentage, the mayor said.
It also specified that new applicants who have current gambling sites must produce its non-gaming versus gaming activities for the previous year.
The board approved the clarifications at a recent meeting.
Net Terminal Income is defined as the money put into a video gaming terminal minus the credits paid to the player, according to the Illinois Gaming Board.
“This just clarifies our intent all along,” Baldermann said. The village does not want the primary purpose of the business to be video gambling, he said.
“We check our bars and restaurants to make sure they meet this threshold. If they don’t, we will revoke their liquor license,” Baldermann said.
The state’s Video Gaming Act, enacted in July 2009, authorized the placement of up to five terminals in licensed retail establishments, truck stops, veteran and fraternal establishments.
It also allowed local communities and counties the option to pass an ordinance to opt out of video gaming. According to the gaming board, 1,001 communities allow it, while 144 prohibit it.
Baldermann said New Lenox initially only allowed video gaming at veterans’ organizations, then opened it up to the New Lenox Park District to permit it at its Santuary Golf Course, and later truck stops, bars and restaurants serving alcohol. The village currently has about eight sites, he said.
The state receives 30 percent of the NTI generated from each licensed VGT and gives 5 percent of that to the local municipality where the gaming machine is. Of the remaining 70 percent of NTI, Scientific Games receives 0.7275 percent as compensation for building and maintaining the Central Communications System, which monitors all terminals, and the rest is divided equally between the terminal operator and the licensed locations, according to the state.
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September 14, 2018 at 06:37PM