By TESA GLASS email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Video gaming receipts are at $14,553 for March, up dramatically in the year ince the first licenses were approved by the state.
In 2013, the state legalized video gaming, with a tax of 30 percent on all receipts — 25 percent to the state and 5 percent to local municipalities where the licenses are approved.
In its first installments after licenses were released, the city collected just under $7,000 from the tax for the first two months — a year later, in March, the city received $14,553.
Under terms of the gaming law, an establishment which meets criteria for video gaming may have no more than five games. A year ago, only three establishments were approved for license and had a total of 13 machines.
A year later, there are 20 establishments approved for gaming terminals and a total of 90 machines. According to information from the Illinois Gaming Board, establishments licensed for video gaming are Betty Pate, FOE Aerie 2791, Genkota Winery, Geo's Lounge, James M. Scott, Jefferson County Amvets, American Legion Post 141, Jim's Hunting and Fishing Adventures, two Martin & Bayley locations, Moose Lodge 7565, Elks Lodge 819, MTV LLC, Nu Bowl lanes, Pilot Travel Centers, Pro's, The Crossing, Ronald L and Linda Smith, The Frosty Mug and VFW Post 1376.
In March, a total of $3.9 million was played in the video game terminals, with net wagering activity at $291,106. Net terminal income came to $291,074. The state collected $72,769 in taxes and sent $14,553 to the city of Mt. Vernon.
Jefferson County also receives video gaming receipts, with three businesses licensed with a total of 13 machines. Businesses approved for machines include the Bluford American Legion Post, Douglas and Vickie Webb and Shirley Ann Nadolski.
The county received $2,492 in receipts for March.
According to the Illinois Gaming Board, the amount played in machines in Jefferson County was at 703,091 with net wagering and terminal income at $49,843. The state's portion of the video gaming taxes from play in the county came to $12,461.