Karnes City officials act to place stricter limits on local game rooms
by Bain Serna
Jul 12, 2013 | 1652 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY – The Karnes City City Council set location limits and greater regulations for gambling-style gaming machine establishments within the city, during the June 25 regular council meeting.

The council approved an ordinance that now limits the number of what are often called “game rooms” in the city from five to now only three. There are currently two such establishments in the city.

According to City Manager Don Tymrak, a gaming machine establishment “could be a place that does other business but puts gaming machines in its operation; that would be considered a gaming establishment or operation. Or it could be a pure game room that has nothing but gaming machines.”

An example of what would constitute a gaming machine establishment would be a convenience store that is a convenience store first and foremost, but also has slot machines within its location.

Aside from now allowing for only three gaming machine locations in the city, other regulation states that, by law, any winnings from the machines cannot be paid out in cash.

“They can only pay out in vouchers or coupons for merchandise and things like that,” explained Tymrak. “They cannot pay out in cash.”

The city ordinance requires that all gaming machine establishments must pay a $100 license fee that must be renewed every year, as well as a $25 occupancy tax per machine.
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