[Audio] Rush City Debates Gambling Ordinance

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 at 5:25 am
Ron Eiden, Rush Lake Improvement Assoc. and Don Belland, Eagles Club discuss ordinance changes with the council

Ron Eiden, Rush Lake Improvement Assoc. and Don Belland, Eagles Club discuss ordinance changes with the council

The Rush City Council is considering amending its lawful gambling ordinance. Monday night, a dozen area residents sat down with the council to discuss the proposed changes. One of the changes is that an organization must give 50-percent of its expenditures derived from gambling to the city of Rush City or the city’s trade area, which includes Nessel and Rusheba Townships.


Hear Councilwoman Jamie Amundson’s Comments:

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Another proposed change is organizations that conduct lawful gambling must give 10-percent of their net profits back to the city. The money would go to emergency and public safety related services. Becky Gallick is the gambling manager for Pine City Youth Hockey, which also serves Rush City. Gallick says the majority of the organizations donations benefit Rush City kids, just not within the city limits. She says the proposed changes will be a financial hit to an organization like hers.

Gallick’s Comments:

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Ron Eiden is the gambling manager with the Rush Lake Improvement Association. He says the proposed changes may be more work than they are worth

Eiden’s Comments:

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The city council agreed to table to changes in order to get clarrification on several question from the city attorney, who was attending the Harris city council Monday.

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