The Collinsville City Council voted 3 to 1 to approve an amendment to the Offenses Against Public Decency ordinance to allow licensed establishments to install video gaming machines.
City councilwoman Nancy Moss cast the only dissenting vote, citing her previous objections to allowing video gambling into the city. An annual license for video gambling machines will only be granted to establishments that also hold a liquor license issued by the city.
"I do not believe it's in the best interest of our citizens," she said.
Collinsville voters, during the general election earlier this month, decided that the city should not prohibit video gaming, with 5,279 voting against prohibiting the machines and 4,181 voting to allow the city to prohibit video gaming machines.
Councilman Michael Tognarelli asked city staff to draft an ordinance that would dictate exactly where the funds from video gambling would be deposited for the city's use. He asked that the ordinance be ready for the next city council meeting.
Video gambling is overseen by a state gaming commission. The state has determined that 25 percent of money made on the machines goes to the state, 5 percent goes to the city, 35 percent to the bar owner and 35 percent to the owner of the gambling equipment.
Establishments with the machines will have to pay $250 every year for each video gaming machine in the establishment, as well as pay a $500 annual fee to have the machines. Each business is limited to five video gambling machines.
Operators of the machines will pay $1,000 annually for each location where their machines are located and licenses for manufacturers/distributors/suppliers of the machines will be required to pay a $2,000 annual fee, but only if their office is located in Collinsville.
In other business, the City Council unanimously authorized the use of $3,407 in TIF funds for the Sizzor Shak at 208 E. Main Street as part of the Vibrant Uptown strategic plan goal.
The TIF money is 40 percent of the total cost for the replacement of two HVAC units at the business and will be paid to the business after the improvements are made. The Sizzor Shak has received TIF funds in the past, including $2,659 in April 2010 to install signage and a security system and $1,710 in October 2011 for costs related to window replacement at the business.