The Lake County Board voted to repeal its ban on video gaming in the unincorporated area after several businesses argued that it created unfair competition.
For example, in some cases, unincorporated businesses are in close proximity to other establishments located in municipalities where video gaming is allowed. There are 19 communities in Lake County that have approved video gambling. The board approved the ban four years ago after the State passed the Video Gaming Act which allowed video gaming in licensed bars, restaurants, fraternal organizations and truck stops, and gave local governments the authority to approve or ban it in their jurisdictions. Under the law, businesses are charged a 30% tax on revenue from the machines, and a portion of that goes back to that local government. The county board voted to collect this revenue in a special fund and it will consider how to designate the funds during the budget process. Following a lengthy discussion, the county board approved lifting the ban by a 11 to 9 margin. Watch board meeting discussion.