On December 19, 2006, the Hammond City Council voted 4-1 in favor of the proposal to donate about 25% of the taxes collected from video bingo parlors to a planned Children's Museum, according to the city's decision that Tuesday night.
Councilman, Curtis Wilson, voted "no" because he has been against video bingo machines since they were permitted in the city. When the council passed the video bingo ordinance in July 2005, its intent was to donate about 25% of the video bingo profit to the museum, according to Mayor Foster.
But the ordinance was not clear and could be interpreted freely as giving only 5% to the museum. Mayor Foster also explained that he fully supports the amendment to the ordinance so that more money could be given to the museum, but he maintains that he is against video bingo. Although he vetoed video bingo, he was outvoted by the City Council.
Two video bingo parlors opened in the city just last September. Both parlors regularly pay their taxes quarterly so the revenues are expected to arrive next month. Museum officials are looking for a place, but do not have an opening date set yet, according to Kathy Montecino, Councilwoman and Chairwoman of the Children's Museum.
Thursday, February 08, 2007