SWANSEA — Village trustees will vote whether to repeal its ban on video gambling machines during its board meeting Monday night.
Village officials previously voted against bringing the measure to the full Village Board for a vote; however, Swansea trustees reversed that decision during a Judiciary Committee meeting Sept. 4.
Trustees appear to be divided on the issue of video gambling. During the committee meeting, three trustees -- Brian Wells, David Thacker and Bill Saak -- spoke in favor of repealing the ban, while two trustees, Ron Sutterfield and Susan Schultz, were opposed to allowing video gambling machines in the village.
"I think it's good for the organizations and will help bring in revenue," Thacker said. "I really believe it's going to be good for the village in regards to revenue and will help keep the services we have in the village."
Schultz doesn't agree. "I don't believe the revenue will solve all our financial problems in the village or with the fraternal organizations," she said.
The village is considering revising its current ordinance to allow the machines at liquor license establishments as now permitted by state law, which allows up to five machines per location. The revised ordinance would mandate that each gambling terminal require a village-issued permit for $25.
The Swansea Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Firehouse No. 2 on Huntwood Road.
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