St. Francis proposes new charitable gambling rules

Groups doing charitable gambling in St. Francis may have to share their profits.

The St. Francis City Council unanimously introduced an ordinance amendment Aug. 20 that could require the charitable gambling groups to pay 10 percent of their net gambling profits to the city on a monthly basis.

That money would be put into a fund operated by the city and spend on allowed uses, said City Attorney Scott Lepak.

There are 16 different areas the city could use the money, including to pay for public safety services, Department of Natural Resources-approved wetland management and surface water quality projects, giving to non-profit groups, groups to assisted people who are addicted to gambling, athletic facilities and/or funding Pioneer Days, he said.

The city could only fund Pioneer Days if a non-profit group was created to run the event, Lepak said.

The proposed ordinance also requires the gambling groups to use 100 percent of their profits in the city’s trade area.

The trade area has been defined as the city and the cities and townships contiguous to St. Francis, Lepak said.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]