San Benito City Leaders Discussing Higher 8-Liner Fees

POSTED: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 9:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

In San Benito, city leaders are trying to stiffen regulations on 8-liner businesses.
8-liner arcades are very popular here in the Valley, and San Beniot city leaders say they want to cash-in on some of this big business.
"We're just trying to make some money, trying to make some money, they're making money, so we're trying to make money for our city."
San Benito Mayor, Joe Hernandez says, they're currently talking over fees with 8-liner arcade owners.
"We are looking forward to as far as increasing the fees on the machines itself."
Right now, the city charges 75-dollars for an annual permit with a fifty dollar renewal fee.
Mayor Hernandez says they hope to raise the permit cost, and the cost of the 8-liner machines.
While raising the fees, he says, it could crack down on some of the businesses giving out cash as prizes.
A few weeks ago, Cameron County District Attorney Investigators shut down "The Spinning Wheel" Arcade for illegally paying out cash.
Local leaders say, stricter regulations should reduce the number of illegal gaming spots in San Benito.
There are eleven of these gaming spots.
At tonight's meeting they discussed their options, but did not make any decisions.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on what the City of San Benito decides.

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