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Shorewood trustees work out additional details for video gaming ordinance

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

Shorewood trustees discussed details of their video gaming ordinance during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Trustees had approved an ordinance for video gaming in February.

In late November, the owner of a sports bar, The Crowd Around Me, came to the village and paid for and received his video gaming license. He was made aware he would have to renew it for the 2019 year, according to village documents.

Documents state Bedrocks & The Cave, Mi Tierra Burrito, Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant and The Crowd Around Me paid for and received licenses. The village was obligated to credit their payments for 2018 toward 2019, and the business would pay any balance.

Mayor Rick Chapman said he had to cast the tie breaking vote to approve this proration. He said trustees CC DeBold, Anthony Luciano and Steve Brockman voted against it.

When a qualified business receives its video gaming license from the state, a first time fee of $3,000 needs to be paid to the village, and the renewal cost is $500 a machine.

Chapman said some of these businesses applied for a license, and it took six months or more to process. Because they applied and paid in late 2018, he felt it was not fair to charge them the full price in January to renew.

“I figured that’s gouging,” Chapman said.

This proration will be a one-time event per business.

During the meeting, Finance Director Anne Burkholder gave her final 2018 tax levy report, which trustees approved.

Burkholder said the 2018 proposed levy totals $1,705,300.

“The proposed levy represents an increase of $65,000 to accommodate the loss in revenue for the sales tax fee charged by the state,” Burkholder said. “This also assumes that the village’s EAV [equalized assessed value] will be flat. It is likely that our EAV will increase, both due to property additions in the village [and] increased value on existing property.”

Additionally, the Shorewood Police Department will partner with a Will County initiative called the Safe Passage Program to help those who wish to seek assistance for opioid addiction.

Police Chief Aaron Klima asked the board to approve an agreement with Family Guidance Centers of Joliet.

“It’s a good service to get [someone] help as soon as possible,” he said.

The village board also agreed to upgrade security systems at Village Hall and the police station.

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